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Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (Anglais) Broché – 15 novembre 2012

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Genius of Place This definitive, first full-scale biography of Olmsted--famed designer of New York's Central Park--reveals him also as a brilliant political and social reformer. Full description

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HASH(0x948d21b0) étoiles sur 5 Great New Biography! 31 mai 2011
Par Helen H. Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just completed Genius of Place by Justin Martin and wanted to sing its praises. The story of the park's creation is presented in fascinating detail, everything from the design contest won by Olmsted and his talented partner, architect Calvert Vaux, in 1858, to the creation of such landmarks as the Bow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace, to cool facts like that it required more gunpowder than was used at Gettysburg to create this naturalistic masterpiece.

Olmsted was a man blessed with enormous energy and many talents. Before creating Central Park, he was one of the first writers for the New York Times. His beat? Traveling through the South to report on the conditions of slaves, which lead him to become an impassioned abolitionist. He was also a goldmine supervisor and Civil War hero, who oversaw a medical outfit that saved thousands of soldiers lives. In addition, he fought hard to preserve essential American landscapes including Yosemite and Niagara Falls.

Olmsted experienced much tragedy in his life: He nearly died following a horse and buggy crash and lost his beloved brother and 3 children. Something I really liked about the book was the Martin interspersed details about Olmsted's life with descriptions of his park creations, so you always get the personal context for his artistic creations. Through it all, this great man persevered to become one of the most important figures of the 19th century and arguably the most influential landscape architect of all time. If you love New York's Central Park or Prospect Park, or any of Olmsted's numerous other works spread out all over the country, you'll enjoy this beautifully written, remarkable book. It will change the way you see these incredible places.
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HASH(0x948d2204) étoiles sur 5 Rich Insights - There's more to Olmsted than Central Park 31 mai 2011
Par Greg W. Schafer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Growing up in New York, I knew about Olmsted's role in designing Central Park as well as many parks in urban areas in upstate NY. That being said, I was always curious about a sublime overlook in Yosemite NP named Olmsted Point. My curiosity was satisfied and when I was able to read an advance copy of Justin Martin's new, insightful autobiography of Frederick Law Olmsted and learned the important role Olmsted played in preserving Yosemite and other national parks. I was surprised to learn that Olmsted was far more than a landscape designer and conversationalist, but was also important in shaping social change leading up to the Civil War. He was so prolific as a park designer, he not only designed the park I played in as a child in Rochester, New York but also designed a park my son now plays in Oakland, CA.
It's about time a well-researched and proper tribute was written for Olmsted to whom we owe so much and without whom so much would have been lost. Thank you Mr. Martin.
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HASH(0x948d263c) étoiles sur 5 Creator of Central Park -- And So Much More 13 août 2011
Par CatFred - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a New Yorker, I thought I was familiar with Frederick Law Olmsted from his work on Central Park and Prospect Park. Then I read Justin Martin's gripping new biography -- and was stunned by the extent of Olmsted's accomplishments and the impact he had (and continues to have) not just on American landscapes but on our social and political history.

Olmsted wasn't an easy man to like -- he was prickly, opinionated and didn't hesitate to inflict his gripes on others -- but Justin Martin makes his story easy to enjoy. Martin is sympathetic to his main character without being sycophantic, and makes us sympathize with the many triumphs and tragedies of Olmsted's life. He always finds the telling quote that explains why Olmsted was both celebrated and criticized.

But even more, he reveals -- and helps us discover -- the thought and philosophy behind Olmsted-designed parks, no matter how big or small. As a result, I walk through Central Park with an entirely different consciousness and appreciation of its gifts -- and that alone is makes this book worth reading.
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HASH(0x948d2624) étoiles sur 5 Learn about the man behind our glorious parks 1 juin 2011
Par Stephanie C Davies - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Genius of Place" is an enjoyable and intriguing biography about Frederick Law Olmsted, the man behind all these amazing parks like Central Park and Boston's Emerald Necklace. Beyond his most famous landscape architectural works, though, it was also fascinating to learn about the other sides of Olmsted, that he was also a journalist, an abolitionist, and headed up a Civil War medical unit.

This book is really well written; Justin Martin's style is so accessible and fun to read. I loved diving into important American history that wasn't so familiar.
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HASH(0x948d2aec) étoiles sur 5 inspiring man 12 septembre 2011
Par Aimi Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What a remarkable man! I first heard of him in "Devil in the White City" by Eric Larson. Then I heard a review of the book on public radio. The book is so well written that the reader is awe-struck with his remarable genius and energy and eager to learn what he will get into next. He had fore-sight and stood his ground on what he believed in. If he lived today he would probably qualify for a disability check and he could sit home and update his facebook. Wouldn't that be a waste of a wonderful talent. As a student of today he would probably be kicked out of school as a trouble maker instead of having his unique learning style and creative genius being recognized by most educators. He was lucky to have a father that adored him and could afford to support him until he found his niche. America benefited greatly from his efforts.
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