- Series: MIT Press
- Hardcover: 552 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (August 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262194945
- ISBN-13: 978-0262194945
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston 1st Edition
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A book of great import...(Martin Zimmerman Landscape Architecture)
Gaining Ground is a stunning compilation of material that documents over three centuries' worth of [changes].(Richard Longstreth American Studies International)
...Seasholes has provided a document that brings history alive...(Civil Engineering)
Seasholes's well-documented study provides a unique perspective on Boston's history.(CHOICE)
This book charts the 'made land' accretions in anecdote-laced prose...(San Francisco Chronicle)
This book will appeal to those with a special interest in Boston or in the process of landmaking.(Harold Henderson Planning)
We city walkers and history buffs have all picked up a little architectural history. Architecture is fun, but it won't tell you why Boston looks the way it does. You have to know how there came to be land beneath the streets! Here at last is an easy-reading and complete history of Boston's three centuries of landmaking. With Dr. Seasholes you can follow the story neighborhood by neighborhood or view the city as a whole. This is public history at its best.(Sam Bass Warner, Jr., author of Greater Boston)
For nearly 400 years Bostonians have been busy digging, filling and making land. Whether it was simply dumping refuse into open spaces between wharves or laying out complicated plans to fashion new neighborhoods, we have probably made more land than any other city in America. Filling in is what Boston is all about. In a book that can only be described as a tour de force Seasholes takes us on a tour of 'gained ground.' With the precision of an engineer, the perspective of an architect, the sense of a historian and the perseverance of an archaeologist, she is our Baedeker across every inch of new ground. It is simply not possible to understand Boston without knowing this history, and it is impossible to know this history without reading Seasholes. If you can handle the weight of this hefty volume then tuck it under your arm and head out to the streets and use it to discover Boston underfoot.(William M. Fowler, Jr., Director, Massachusetts Historical Societ)
Gaining Ground is now the definitive treatment of Boston's landmaking. Its scope -- from the central waterfront to East Boston and from 1630 to today -- the depth of its research, and its use of historic maps to illustrate each project make it a truly encyclopedic work.(Richard Garver, Deputy Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority)
About the Author
Nancy S. Seasholes is an independent scholar, a Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University, and periodically teaches at the Harvard University Extension School. Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land is the companion to her earlier book, Gaining Ground (MIT Press, 2003).
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Top Customer Reviews
An incredibly well-researched history of how people altered the landscape of Boston.
This book is a spectacular work of research and writing. The author truly shows her passion for the subject.
The text presents a unique view of Boston history, with stunning detail and even intrigue. The historical and original maps are without equal, and the photographs and illustrations are superb selections.
Pardon the cliché, but truly I found myself unable to put this book down!
Her recent book Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land is also a must-have for anyone who wants to get close-up and personal with Boston history.