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Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments Hardcover – February 8, 2022

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Smashing Statues by Erin L. Thompson

Editorial Reviews


"Comprehensive….Thompson provides a compelling, historical account of how capitalism is both motivator and maintainer of institutional racism….Her examination of 'art crime' as central to understanding our shameful United States history is captivating."
Jack Christian, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A crisply written book encompassing law, art, history and politics that contextualizes the American debate over monuments."
Library Journal (starred review)

"Offers a probing examination of the meaning of public monuments…A well-informed, often surprising, history of public veneration."
Kirkus Reviews

"[A] trenchant account…Full of intriguing historical tidbits and incisive cultural analysis, this is a worthy study of a complex and controversial issue."
Publishers Weekly

From the Back Cover

The real stories behind some of America’s most famed statues:

• Mount Rushmore

• The Freedom statue atop the United States Capitol Building

• Stone Mountain

• The first monument honoring historical women in New York City’s Central Park

• The North Carolina State Confederate Monument

• Christopher Columbus, toppled in Minnesota

• The Confederate monument removed from Birmingham, Alabama

• The controversial Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington, DC

…and more.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (February 8, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393867676
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393867671
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
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