American Eden

American Eden : From Monticello to the High Line: The Unexpected History of Our Country's Gardens

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"American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose." --Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge"Informative and absolutely engrossing." --Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nation's gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to Michelle Obama's vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmsted's expansive Central Park to Martha Stewart's how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nation's history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 195.58 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 1,292.73g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Black and White and Colour throughout
  • 0061583421
  • 9780061583421
  • 2,110,169

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"We are what we plant, L.A.-based writer Wade Graham posits in his history of gardens. When he isn't explaining the economic and cultural influences, he crafts fascinating profiles.... An engaging look at our own pieces of paradise."--Ann Herold, Los Angeles Magazine
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33 ratings
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2 18% (6)
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