Cover of: Rubble | Jeff Byles

Rubble

unearthing the history of demolition

1st ed.

Published by Harmony Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Rubble is the first-ever biography of the wrecking trade, a riveting, character-filled narrative of how the black art of demolition grew to become a multibillion-dollar business, an extreme spectator sport, and a touchstone for what we value, what we disdain, who we were, and what we wish to become. In lively, colorful prose, Rubble rides the wrecking ball through key episodes in the world of demolition. Stretching over more than five hundred years of razing and toppling, this story looks back to London's Great Fire of 1666, where self-deputized wreckers artfully blew houses apart with barrels of gunpowder to halt the furious blaze, and spotlights the advent of dynamite -- courtesy of demolition's patron saint, Alfred Nobel -- that would later fuel epochal feats of unbuilding such as the implosion of the infamous Pruitt-Igloe housing complex in St. Louis. - Jacket.

Table of Contents

Erase-atecture
Homo deconstructus
Fragmentation at a price
Haussmann's Paris and beyond
Sacking Penn Station
Wrecker forever
There goes the ghetto
Disappeared Detroit
Rubble and revelation
Demolition derby.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
690/.26/09
Library of Congress
TH447 .B95 2005

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3400881M
Internet Archive
rubbleunearthing00byle
ISBN 10
140005057X
LC Control Number
2005015288
Library Thing
306189
Goodreads
684237
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