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The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story (Icons of America) Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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“Who knew what a history lies behind the Statue of Liberty, winding through the American Civil War, the Paris Commune, the determination of its creator Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and the hucksterism of Joseph Pulitzer? Edward Berenson re-creates the narrative with fascinating detail and personal warmth.”—Joyce Appleby, author of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism
“Edward Berenson’s The Statue of Liberty is cultural history at its finest. As Berenson shows with verve and discernment, the Statue of Liberty is a highly contested memory site. Thus throughout its history, the statue has functioned as a litmus test or projection screen for competing conceptions of American freedom. Artfully constructed and gracefully written, Berenson’s book is destined to become the standard work on Lady Liberty’s legacy.”—Richard Wolin, author of The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s (Richard Wolin)
“This is a remarkable book because so much of the story it tells is unexpected. Everyone thinks they know the Statue of Liberty, but they are wrong. Ed Berenson follows her surprising history from start to finish in a fast-paced and highly readable tale that never disappoints. The great colossus finds her place in nineteenth-century artistic production and technology as well as in recent popular culture and politics. Rather than ending with the statue’s unveiling, Berenson follows the story right up to the present day, showing how the Lady's meaning has changed from one generation to the next. At times humorous, at other moments elegiac, The Statue of Liberty is utterly spellbinding and a jewel of microhistorical analysis.”—Ruth Harris, author of Dreyfus: Emotion, Politics and the Scandal of the Century, winner of the Wolfson Prize (Ruth Harris)
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Edward Berenson is professor of history, director of the Institute of French Studies, and director of the Center for International Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York University. His previous books include Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa. He lives in Irvington, NY.
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In "The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story" you will meet the small cadre of men in France who conceived and executed this improbable project. There were so many obstacles to overcome. Berenson does a workmanlike job of describing the political climate back in 1865 and why these men were so motivated to propose such a gift from France to the United States. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a talented young sculptor was the visionary who really conceptualized the Statue and would become the driving force to see this project to its completion over two decades later. Bartholdi drew his inspiration from several existing works of art and Berenson has included a number of these images in his book. It was Bartholdi who selected Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor as the site for his masterpiece.Read more ›
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Very interesting book containing a lot of things you don't learn in school. Lots of politics and interesting international relations. Well worth the read!Published on August 7, 2012 by John VanDyke