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Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory

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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 t ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Random House
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This is a beautiful and well researched book. The black and white photos I thought might make the book morose and perhaps morbid, when dealing with the thought of memory, loss and commemoration. Instead they put each monument spotlighted on an equal playing field of timelessness. Dupre has taken what I thought might be an impossible task and truly nailed it. Her selection of a diverse grouping of monuments to tell America's tale was important. Her ability to tell the tales of the reasoning and t ...more
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Much different than I anticipated! I thought this book would be mostly pictures and colored ones, at that! But, it's not. The text balances the photos, describing different aspects of a memorial while providing a history and meaning behind the artwork.

The photos are all black and white and provide their own significance. B&W photos resonate well in history.
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Jun 17, 2008 Eric Eickhoff rated it it was amazing
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Great book... it is more coffee table than anything else, but it is a fascinating look at the most important monuments in American life. The photos are wonderful and the stories of how the monuments were conceptualized and executed are fantastic.
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Judith Dupré writes books that bridge the worlds of art, photography, and architecture in ways that delight and educate. She has written several works of illustrated nonfiction that have been translated into ten languages, including Skyscrapers (Black Dog & Leventhal/ Workman, 1996); Bridges (Black Dog & Leventhal/Workman, 1997); Churches (HarperCollins, 2001), a New York Times bestseller; ...more
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