Kirk Savage’s Monument Wars tells the story, spanning over two hundred years of American history, of how the capital city’s public monuments and its monumental landscape have been politicized, fought over, and ultimately transformed.  In the process the book chronicles the aspirations, insecurities, conflicts, and achievements of an often divided, ever striving nation. Monument Wars is for all those who want not only to visit Washington’s monuments but to understand them.

Winner of the 2012 J. B. Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies

Winner of the 2010 Eldredge Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum

2010 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice




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