''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.