Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory

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Random House, 2007 - Architecture - 250 pages
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From the Alamo and Gettysburg to Mount Rushmore and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Monuments is celebrated architectural historian Judith Dupré’s sweeping tribute to classic American landmarks. But included too are contemporary monuments that are changing the way we think about commemoration–the AIDS Quilt, a traveling memorial made for the people by the people, and even the haunting lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” an intangible remembrance of September 11th. Monuments features more than 200 stunning duotone photographs, as well as fascinating stories, rare illustrations, candid interviews with artists and architects, and a unique chronology of milestones in the history of time and memory. Ultimately, Monuments is about life. It tells the stories of real people, the ordinary and the renowned, whose lives, though immortalized, exist most fully in the mind and heart. Monuments is a book that goes beyond historical fact to touch what is eternal and transcendent about humanity.

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Praise for Judith Dupré:
“Dupré makes the most of a century of neck-craning architecture.”
The Washington Post, on Skyscrapers

“Judith Dupré captivates the eye, mind and imagination.”
The New York Times, on Bridges

“Magisterial, meticulously researched, and handsomely illustrated.”
O: The Oprah Magazine, on Churches

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The Evolving Monument
The Liberty Bell Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1753 and 2003
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Montana 1879 1946 and 2003

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