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New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape [Hardcover]

by Peirce F. Lewis
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March 1, 2003 1930066090 978-1930066090 second edition
In his now classic work of historical geography, published in 1976, Lewis traces the rise and expansion of New Orleans through four major historic periods. This revised and greatly expanded second edition brings that story up-to-date, illustrating how the city continues to overcome its site on the Mississippi Delta--"a fearsome place, difficult enough for building houses, lunacy for wharves and skyscrapers."

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"Peirce Lewis's New Orleans is the best introduction in print to any American city." -- Paul Groth, University of California, Berkeley

"Peirce Lewis's long overdue second edition is just as pleasurable to read as the original." -- Craig E. Colten, Louisiana State University

About the Author

Peirce F. Lewis, former President of the Association of American Geographers and Professor of Geography Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, has published widely on the American landscape.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; second edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930066090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930066090
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,289,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans- The Making of An Urban Landscape September 23, 2009
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If only there was a book like this written for every major city. This book covers all of the contexts of the city; geological, topographical, sociological, and economical. It is wonderful to know how this precious city developed and struggled since its birth. Pierce Lewis writes wih a sense of humor that makes this read easy and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loveee March 30, 2013
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The book was brand new, great decent price, no bent or dirty pages, and definitely arrived on time when I needed it. I highly recommend this person.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Questions October 9, 2010
By Moony
Reading that Starr fellows review raised some questions for me about this book. Does this book really suggest that New Orleans is an expression of baby boomer identity or "distemper"? My God, a city an expression of a recent generation? This is absurd. Let me guess, Starr is a boomer who is in love with himself. Gives me second thoughts about buying the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans-Making An Urban Landscape September 21, 2005
New Orleans is an "inevitable city on an impossible

site" is what Pierce Lewis said in his book Making Of An Urban Landscape.

I would add to that "an inevitable party on an impossible site by illicite and illogical people.'

Most of what is there now was not there prior to WWII. The early settlers (1699) understood the land and built appropriately.

If anyone is to blame it is the French! But it is a most wonderful book about the growth and development of a wonderful city.
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