Fallen Glory, James Crawford


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The lives and deaths of twenty lost buildings from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers.
Buildings are just like us. They can be born into wealth or poverty; enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents gods, kings, emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen and friends and enemies. They have jobs, duties and responsibilities. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed and fail. They can live. And they can die.
Moving from the very beginnings of civilisation, right up to the digital horizons of cyberspace, Jamie Crawford pieces together the biographies of twenty of the world’s most fascinating lost and ruined structures. The lives of these buildings are packed with drama and intrigue, soap operas combining war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. They are also the stage for a startling array of characters including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler and even Bruce Springsteen.
Travelling from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile, the grasslands of the Mongolian steppes and the cloud forests of Peru, to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique, globetrotting guide to a world of vanished architecture. And, by picking through the fragments of our past, it asks what history’s scattered ruins can tell us about our own future.