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The Carving of Mount Rushmore

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The first book to tell the complete story of Rushmore.

"I had seen the photographs and the drawings of this great work. And yet, until about ten minutes ago I had no conception of its magnitude, its permanent beauty and its importance." —Franklin Delano Roosevelt, upon first viewing Mount Rushmore, August 30, 1936

Now in paperback, The Carving of Mount Rushmore tells the com
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Abbeville Press (first published 1985)
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Mar 27, 2010 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and all that I learned about Mount Rushmore. The book gives background on the selection of the site, why it was decided to carve a monument, how the people were chosen and about the actual process itself. This could sound kind of dry, but is actually interesting because it is wound around the characters who were part of the process and reads much like a historical fiction, except is is factual. I especially enjoyed learning about all the political overtones in getting ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Niki rated it really liked it
I am so glad I was able to read this book before our family visits Mount Rushmore this summer. It was so interesting to learn of how this came to pass. I am very excited to see it in person. The sculptor was a very arrogant man who didn't like being told what to do or having limits financially or otherwise on his endeavors. He was horrible at budgeting and spent money like crazy. He didn't think he should have to pay for movies, groceries or anything in town because all his work would do for the ...more
Summer Meyers
Aug 13, 2016 Summer Meyers rated it liked it
A very interesting read. The book, for the most part, had good pacing, and the more prominent characters were well researched. I did find that the author tend to write each crisis that faced the Mt Rushmore project as a pinnacle crisis---they were out of money, Borglum's mortgage payment was overdue, commissioners butting heads with Borglum--it grew rather repetitive. This wouldn't have been a problem if Smith had presented it as another hurtle as opposed to, "oh no, will they ever finish it?". ...more
Sally H.
Jul 07, 2016 Sally H. added it
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A Roads Scholar trip prompted me to read this book before viewing Mt. Rushmore. An excellent istorical account of the difficulties carving this monument.
Nov 01, 2012 Bart rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book in the giftshop at Mt. Rushmore. The author does a great job of telling the story of how Mt. Rushmore came to be. There were so many points in time that this project could have ended. Borglum and those that served on the Mt. Rushmore commission would be amazed by what this monument has become for all Americans. It is truly awe inspiring. Mt. Rushmore is unfinished. The plan was to include their bodies. It is clear to all now that it is finished and is an amazing testament t ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Judee rated it liked it
I read this book just before my trip to Mt. Rushmore in 2008. It really helped my understand what an enormous project the carving of Mt. Rushmore was. Since I was born in SD (but moved to CA when I was 2), I find information about this area extremely interesting. During the depression my dad, as an unemployed teenager, worked with the CCC when Mt. Rushmore was being carved.
Jan 10, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
Great book about the carving of Rushmore. Lots of detail. Gutzon Borglum was a genius sculptor. The carving of Rushmore was an amazing feat.
David Bannat
Dec 25, 2011 David Bannat rated it it was amazing
Interesting book about the carving of Mount Rushmore, and the people who made it happen. Read like a good fiction story, except it really happened. I also liked how the author backed up his story with correspondences, etc. between the people involved. And, when he wasn't sure he told us so instead of "assuming" what someone was thinking.
Barbara Lussier
Nov 30, 2007 Barbara Lussier rated it liked it
Just got back from South Dakota, so probably that is why I am enjoying the book. After seeing the mountain and the countryside, it is a well written book about the time the mountain was being carved
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