American Ruins is the first photography book to document historic ruins throughout the United States. It presents a stunning visual record of ruins ranging from ancient Native American dwellings in the Southwest to the remains of Gilded Age mansions on the East Coast and a king"s summer home in Hawaii. Luminous infrared photographs expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora, and are accompanied by brief essays detailing the historic, geographical and architectural significance of each site. This landmark publication raises awareness of and appreciation for overlooked ruins that remain unknown even to most Americans. It captures the visual poetry of each place and offers a new way of seeing the landscape, the past and the collective identity of America.
Douglas Brinkley is a noted historian and the author of numerous books, including American Heritage New History of the United States (2007).
Arthur Drooker is a photographer whose work has been exhibited and published since 1980. He is also an Emmy Award-winning writer and director of television documentaries.
Christopher Woodward is Director of the Garden Museum, London, and the author of In Ruins (2001).
A unique, awe-inspiring photographic record of American history
The first photographic record of historic ruins throughout the United States
Will appeal to anyone interested in architecture, photography, history, archaeology and Americana