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The Brown Decades: A Study of the Arts in America, 1865-1895 (Dover Books on Art, Art History) Paperback – June 1, 1971

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  • Series: Dover Books on Art, Art History
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 Revised edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486202003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486202006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The abiility to see the patterns in current civilization and how it affects society in culture, institutions and the built environment is the genius of Lewis Mumford. As a follow-on to Sticks and Stones, this is a valuable piece of architecture and even intellectual history of America.
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Easy-to-read & very informative. Mumford writes the most beautiful desctriptions I've ever seen on the following:
1. Why the Brooklyn Bridge is such a marvel.
2. The genius of Louis Sullivan
3. Why & how American-style architecture (as opposed to all the classical revival stuff popularized by The White City in 1893) never took fruit up to the time of this book in 1935 (because 2 of its 3 practitioners died young - HH Richardson & John Root - & because the 3rd one - Louis Sullivan - had poor personal skills that cost him clients, among other problems). The 3 together could have made a difference, but the hill was too steep to climb for just one of them alone.
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