Bill Fulton's new book, Romancing The Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity, is a collection of economic development columns from Governing magazine that covers the good, the bad, and the ugly about how economic development is practiced in the United States. It's a quick read -- but informative and entertaining -- on such topics as how Federal Express runs its middle-of-the-night operations in Memphis, the challenge of retaining manufacturing in America, the retail wars among cities in California, and whether cities need population growth in order to increase prosperity. To buy the book, just go here: