Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea (Anglais) Relié – 1 septembre 2009
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While more moderate in scope than his book "Havana...", a bible for those interested in the socio-political construct that was Havana before the Cuvan Revolution, "Palm Springs Holiday" offers the subject matter the same in-depth treatment, absolutely saturating the reader in the culture and color of the time.
This gorgeous tome BRIMS with fabulous images and stories, serving in many cases as the sole unifying historical record of a time and place that was such an incredibly massive part of the "American Experience" of the period.
Moruzzi, an art historian and expert on mid-century 'modern' architecture, sprinkles architectural history throughout every chapter of the book, offering lively discussion on styles from Spanish Colonial Revival to Rustic Ranch, but his chapter dedicated to 'Desert Modern' styles and techniques, influences that would become so very prominent in much if the rest of the country in the third quarter of the century, provides the reader with a depth of understanding uncommon in what may initially be seen as a coffee-table book.
Whether intentional or not, Mr. Moruzzi treats this subject with more personal input than his previous book. That is to say, one gets a sense, going from page-to-page, less of reading an historical analysis on the art and architecture of the times, and more like they are listening to an educational newsreel (possibly one produced by the Chamber of Commerce?) on the Coachella Valley area. If this rowdy, delicious book had been assembled by anyone else I don't think it would have come off as well as it did, but the author does such a splendid job of setting the stage and pulling the characters together (the hotels, the visionaries, the scenery) that it would almost seem academically-heavy if not for his occasional tongue-in-cheek observations. .
Why not 5 stars? Simply put, while a terrifically interesting look at a colorful, sometimes pivotal, often kitschy period of sun, fun, and fashion, I don't personally see it as a 5-star subject, and that's okay. Mr. Moruzzi's presentation through photos and stories truly brings this corner of history to life. The book is just a joy, and makes me anxious for his next offering. (Which I've already per-ordered, by the way...)
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