Genius of Place by Justin Martin
The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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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.

 

About Justin Martin

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Martin spent six years on the staff of Fortune magazine.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 494 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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By 1857, when he applied to superintend the creation of a large green space in the middle of Manhattan, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) had already worked briefly as a clerk, surveyor, sailor, farmer, journalist, book author and publisher.

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Martin (Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon) begins his ardent biography by positing that Olmsted may well be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows least about. FLO

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Publishers Weekly

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Martin (Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon) begins his ardent biography by positing that Olmsted "may well be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows least about.

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BC Books

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Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted provides a rich history of early America as well ...

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BC Books

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Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted provides a rich history of early America as well as the compelling life story of 19th century landscape architect.

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The Wall Street Journal

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After designing it in 1858, he would go on to create many of the country's loveliest parks, including Chicago's Riverside Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the Boston Fens, and (posthumously, from his proposals) Yosemite National Park.

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New York Journal of Books

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Such was the man, Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of landscape architecture in the United States, designer of Central Park and many other significant parks, communities, and schools.

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Christian Science Monitor

It was Frederick Law Olmsted’s biggest break.

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Seattle PI

Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted provides a rich history of early America as well as the compelling life story of 19th century landscape architect.

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Portland Book Review

He used his life experiences and growing up in Connecticut to design iconic places to American life.

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Military.com

Visit any Olmsted-inspired park _ Central Park, Prospect Park, Seattle's Volunteer Park, the chain of parks along Lake Washington Boulevard _ and feel it: the sweep of the landscape, the sublimity of the view, the touch of nature in the city.

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Englewood Review of Books

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