The Fight for Beauty
Our Path to a Better Future
In an age when public policy gives precedence to economic arguments, the word ‘beauty’ is now rarely found in official documents. But Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust, shows that this was not always the case. Looking back at successful campaigns for heritage and nature conservation, she issues a new and urgent call to arms: ‘If we care about our future, we need to fight for beauty.’
A Noble Thing
The National Trust and Its Benefactors
During the 20th century there was an unprecedented transfer of property in Britain: over 600,000 acres of land passed from private hands to a charitable organization which promised to preserve it for the nation. Focusing on the period from 1940, this illustrated history of the National Trust and its benefactors explores the many different reasons, from philanthropy to tax efficiency, which motivated the donors to give away their land. Merlin Waterson was former Director of Historic Properties for the NT.
Taming the Flood
Rivers, Wetlands and the Centuries-Old Battle Against Flooding
Jeremy Purseglove has many years' experience as a landscape architect and ecologist, taking a pioneering approach to river management and land drainage. In Taming the Flood he traces the history of British wetlands, describes the often disastrous attempts to control and drain them, and advocates techniques that aim to harness nature rather than repress it. First written in 1986, the book now includes a new chapter in response to recent events such as the 2013–14 flooding of the Somerset Levels.
Colossal: Engineering the Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty,
Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby traces a history that leads from Napoleon's encounter with the gigantic monuments of ancient Egypt to the building of the wonders of the industrial world: the Suez Canal, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Panama Canal. Grigsby shows how all four modern colossi owe their existence to French engineers and the fantasies of wealth, progress and colonial expansion they and the French financiers and politicians took as a call to destiny. With over 200 illustrations.