Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa

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In the tradition of the bestselling Brunelleschi’s Dome, this acclaimed book by architectural critic Nicholas Shrady takes a look—from every angle—at one of the most storied and recognizable structures in the world. The Tower of Pisa has withstood gravity, war, earthquakes, and an onslaught of tourists for hundreds of years. But Shrady shows us much more than a structure that has defied the odds. Boasting a revolutionary design at its construction, the tower has born witness to a remarkable history, from its celebration by Romantics like Lord Byron to the corrective surgery at the hands of Mussolini that almost ruined it. Hugely entertaining and informative, Tilt is a triumph worthy of its imperfect yet enduring subject.

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Nicholas Shrady is the author of Sacred Roads: Adventures from the Pilgrimage Trail. His articles have appeared in Architectural Digest, The New York Times Book Review, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, and Town & Country. END

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A lively and engaging account... informative and often amusing. -- The New York Times Book Review

Shrady has written something akin to a biography of the famed and flawed bell tower... -- The Washington Post

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