Title: Bourbon Street: A History - New SIGNED 1st ...
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge
Publication Date: 2014
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Flawless brand new 1st Edition/1st Printing of Bourbon Street *SIGNED* by the author on the title page without inscription at a signing event in New Orleans plus a lovely *SIGNED* copy of Fabulous New Orleans (1937) also *SIGNED* by the author on the title page without inscription. About Bourbon Street: "This delightful book is both amusing and informative. Richard Campanella weaves together history, geography, and culture to explain how Bourbon Street came to exist. In doing so, he's also given us a spicy history of New Orleans and a fascinating look at how urban environments evolve." -- Walter Isaacson. Fabulous New Orleans is a classic history of the city and this volume is an extremely handsome copy in Near-Fine condition (see photos). Great gifts for anyone who loves The Big Easy. They will be bubble-wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH16
Synopsis: New Orleans is a city of many storied streets, but only one conjures up as much unbridled passion as it does fervent hatred, simultaneously polarizing the public while drawing millions of visitors a year. A fascinating investigation into the mile-long urban space that is Bourbon Street, Richard Campanella's comprehensive cultural history spans from the street's inception during the colonial period through three tu-multuous centuries, arriving at the world-famous entertainment strip of today.
Clearly written and carefully researched, Campanella's book interweaves world events from the Louisiana Purchase to World War II to Hurricane Katrina with local and national characters, ranging from presidents to showgirls, to explain how Bourbon Street became an intri-guing and singular artifact, uniquely informative of both New Orleans's history and American society.
While offering a captivating historical-geographical panorama of Bourbon Street, Campanella also presents a contemporary microview of the area, describing the population, architecture, and local economy, and shows how Bourbon Street operates on a typical night. The fate of these few blocks in the French Quarter is played out on a larger stage, however, as the internationally recognized brands that Bourbon Street merchants and the city of New Orleans strive to promote both clash with and complement each other.
An epic narrative detailing the influence of politics, money, race, sex, organized crime, and tourism, Bourbon Street: A History ultimately demonstrates that one of the most well-known addresses in North America is more than the epicenter of Mardi Gras; it serves as a battle-ground for a fund-amental dispute over cultural authenticity and commodification.
About the Author: Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of seven books about New Orleans, including Bienville s Dilemma and Geographies of New Orleans. A two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Williams Prize for Louisiana History and the Monroe Fellowship from Tulane s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.
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