Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin MartinGenius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin Martin

Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

byJustin Martin

Paperback | October 30, 2012

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Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here.

Most of all, he was a social reformer. He didn't simply create places that were beautiful in the abstract. An awesome and timeless intent stands behind Olmsted's designs, allowing his work to survive to the present day. With our urgent need to revitalize cities and a widespread yearning for green space, his work is more relevant now than it was during his lifetime. Justin Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans.

Justin Martin, author of highly praised biographies of Alan Greenspan and Ralph Nader, lives in Forest Hills Gardens, New York, an enclave of New York City designed by Olmsted's son.
Title:Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law OlmstedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.38 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306821486

ISBN - 13:9780306821486

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Editorial Reviews

 Textscape blog, 8/30/11”More forthright…about Olmsted the man than are some of the other more hagiographic biographies.” Architect, September 2011“Part exposé of the man, part history of Americans subduing the U.S. terra firma.” Landscape Architecture, October 2011“Unearths insights into the park maker’s troubled personal life as well as his roles as writer, social reformer, and unruly business collaborator.” Curled Up with a Good Book, 9/25/11“Martin has a keen eye…Martin makes full use of a wealth of primary sources to bring life to his subject…To understand the man, of course, we must understand the times in which he lives. Martin incorporates the historical perspective so seamlessly that readers may not even be aware that they have been transported to 19th-century America…Olmsted’s life reveals itself as naturally as his designs, integrated with the setting and exposition of this outstanding biography.”