James Howard Kunstler is one of my favourite writers at the moment. He's witty and sharp as a tack, mixing his environmentalism with an aesthete's eye for beautiful urban scenes.
The Geography of Nowhere lays blame for the parlous state of urban design at the feet of cars.
Kunstler is no to everyone's taste, but at least he believes 100% in what he writes, and is not trying to raise hell with his opinions just for the fun of it.
Read my full review here at Suite101.