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Bourbon Street: A History Hardcover – March 15, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; First Edition edition (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807155055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807155059
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Persuasive. . . gleefully subversive. . . . Campanella writes in a straightforward, unadorned style, combining a historian s scrupulousness, a sociologist s attention to demotic sources, and a geographer s fascination with the influence of terrestrial conditions on culture, politics, and development.''--Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books

''Campanella's vividly told, fact-packed account of the French Quarter entertainment strip couldn't be more topical. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to discuss New Orleans crime, economic development, the value of historic preservation, the business of vice, and the touchy subject of 'authenticity' in a city that celebrates its past.''--Times-Picayune

"A fantastically in-depth examination of what may be the most famous street in America."--New Orleans Advocate

"Campanella...juggles statistics, geography, demographics, analysis, history and storytelling with brevity and wit...will make even the staunchest enemies of [Bourbon Street] reexamine his/her biases....An informative joy."--Leigh Checkman, Antigravity

"Weaves together history, geography, and culture to explain how Bourbon came to exist...fascinating...both amusing and informative."--Walter Isaacson

"Richly researched...[Campanella] shows how Bourbon Street has constantly evolved." --S. Frederick Starr

About the Author

Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of seven books about New Orleans, including Bienville s Dilemma and Geographies of New Orleans. A two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Williams Prize for Louisiana History and the Monroe Fellowship from Tulane s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karl F. Holzmuller on March 18, 2014
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Over the years we have developed high standards and expectations as we encounter a new book by Richard Campanella. His work has been characterized by thorough scholarship and exquisite attention to detail. I am pleased to report that, once again, we are in good hands.

Bourbon Street is a well known American urban environment. Both loved and hated it is nonetheless a place we have heard of and calls to mind a mental picture. Here Campanella presents us with a developmental perspective of this iconic place. From the 17th century to Katrina, he makes it clear that Bourbon Street is an entity that is always adapting and evolving. Faced with ever changing social, political and regulatory environments it has seemed to always right itself and moved on. Campanella moves us through the where, why and how of this singular place. I felt myself sensing that "this place is alive." I've seen myself as a Bourbon Street "ignorer" over the years however this book gave me new appreciation of the Street as something very special. Always adapting, always where it should be and always just what it is.

I know I will walk down Bourbon Street with new eyes having read this. And, after reading the last eloquent chapter perhaps I'll say a quiet word of thanks to the Street for demonstrating such resilience and grace under pressure following Katrina.

This is an excellent book that in addition to being informative and detailed is also one that has perspective and heart. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate Connor on April 10, 2014
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I am a frequent visitor (38-40 trips in the past 4 years) to New Orleans and yet pretty much avoid Bourbon Street. But this tale of the history of the street made me reassess my aversion and might even make me check it out again on my next trip in a couple weeks. The book is even-handed and very well narrated, making history live back to the earliest days of the nascent city and setting the stage for the current strip. It reminds me that, often, the more things change the more they remain the same. It reminded me that the street is organic, living and not a centralized entity controlled by anyone, which I admit preferring in concept over a Disneyfied version, even though the latter is well-sanitized. While this is not a scholarly work, I appreciated Professor Campanella's extensive footnotes and original research showing the evolution to spectator-as-sport on Bourbon. The current book is an engaging extension to his earlier book "Bienville's Dilemma" (which I also recommend.) The drinks on The Street are awful, it smells bad and can be insanely crowded, but I will return and check it out again and try to jettison some of my snobby preconceptions and do some people-watching as sport. (Just don't expect me to drink a Hand Grenade!)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Fannan on March 31, 2014
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Both entertaining and informative. There are a lot of great books about New Orleans and aspects of its history and culture. This is one of the best
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