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FALLEN GLORY: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF HISTORY'S GREATEST BUILDINGS. James Crawford. Picador, Henry Holt and Company, Inc., New York, 2017. 640 pp. ISBN 9781250118295 In English.
Due date: March 2017. Publisher's description: Buildings are more like us than we realize. They can be born into wealth or poverty. They have parents -- gods, kings and emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen -- as well as friends and enemies. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed or fail. They can live. And, sooner or later, they die. In Fallen Glory, James Crawford uncovers the biographies of some of the world's most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, from the dawn of civilization to the cyber era. Soap operas on the grandest scale, they feature war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. Frequently their afterlives have been no less dramatic -- their memories used and abused down the millennia for purposes both sacred and profane. They provide the stage for a startling array of characters, featuring Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Adolf Hitler, Bruce Springsteen, and more. The twenty-one structures Crawford focuses on include The Tower of Babel, The Temple of Jerusalem, The Library of Alexandria, The Bastille, the Berlin Wall, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
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Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 175610
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