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Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition
Jeff Byles (au)
A history of key episodes in the world of demolition. Stretching over more than 500 years of razing and toppling, it looks back to London’s Great Fire of 1666, where wreckers blew houses apart with gunpowder to halt the furious blaze, and spotlights the advent of dynamite that would later fuel epochal feats of unbuilding. It also surveys the invention of the wrecking ball, the stirring ruin of N.Y.’s old Pennsylvania Station; and the ever busy bulldozers in places as diverse as Detroit, Berlin, and the British countryside. The book makes first-hand forays to implosion sites and digs into wrecking’s historical record. Explores what happens when buildings fall, when monuments topple into memory, and when “destructive creativity” tears down to build again. Illus.
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