Etched in Stone: Enduring Words from Our Nation's Monuments

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This poignant, first-of-its-kind book celebrates words that define America's storied past and symbolize the drive of its people—from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the farm fields of Iowa. Author Ryan Coonerty highlights profound phrases inscribed on 52 monuments and public sites. Some are famed monuments like the Lincoln Memorial; others are simple or stark places of honor, such as Angel Island, where immigrant Chinese scrawled their words on imprisoning walls.

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Overview

This poignant, first-of-its-kind book celebrates words that define America's storied past and symbolize the drive of its people—from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the farm fields of Iowa. Author Ryan Coonerty highlights profound phrases inscribed on 52 monuments and public sites. Some are famed monuments like the Lincoln Memorial; others are simple or stark places of honor, such as Angel Island, where immigrant Chinese scrawled their words on imprisoning walls.

Etched In Stone unfolds the American saga from four perspectives. "In Praise of Public Lives" (Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King gravesite) celebrates leaders, thinkers, and innovators. "Ordinary Heroes" (Gettysburg Battlefield, Korean War Memorial, Memphis Firehouse) honors ordinary people who did extraordinary things. "Bearing Witness" (Salem Witchcraft Victims Memorial, Clayton Jackson McGhie Museum in Duluth) seeks to remind future generations of horrendous moments in history that must not be repeated, while "A More Perfect Union" (IBM School House, Dexter Gate at Harvard University, New York Public Library) reveals the promises of America—freedom and future.

Stunning images by noted architectural photographer Carol Highsmith enhance the powerful messages and give each site a life and purpose beyond stone. The dramatic interplay of words and photographs makes this a beautiful gift book that will strongly appeal to all readers interested in American history, architecture, culture, and art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426200267
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 544,186
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Coonerty is vice president of Bookshop Santa Cruz, and a lecturer of Law at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and The London School of Economics, he writes for numerous magazines and newspapers and is co-writing a "postcard" history of the city.

Carol Highsmith is the author/photographer of nearly 30 photographic books on architecture and landscape and has been published in Smithsonian, Time, the New York Times, Architecture, the Washington Post Magazine, and Life. She is a long-time resident of Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     6
Introduction     8
In Praise of Public Lives     12
Introduction     14
George Washington Masonic National Memorial     16
Thomas Jefferson Memorial     18
Lincoln Memorial     20
Clemens Center     24
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial     26
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial     30
Albert Einstein Memorial     36
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library     38
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel     40
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial     44
Ordinary Heroes     48
Introduction     50
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument     52
Minute Man National Historic Park     54
Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial     58
Gettysburg National Military Park     60
National D-Day Memorial     66
World War II Memorial     68
Marine Corps War Memorial     72
Korean War Veterans Memorial     74
Vietnam Veterans Memorial     78
United States Navy Memorial     82
Fire Museum of Memphis     86
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial     88
Bearing Witness     90
Introduction     92
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial     94
Slavery Monument     96
Angel Island Immigration Station     98
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial     102
Japanese American Historical Plaza     104
New England Holocaust Memorial     108
National Holocaust Memorial Museum     112
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial     114
Blacklist Sculpture Garden     118
Oklahoma City National Memorial     120
World Trade Center Memorial     124
Pentagon Memorial     128
Flight 93 National Memorial     130
A More Perfect Union     134
Introduction     136
National Constitution Center     138
U.S Supreme Court Building     140
Statue of Liberty     142
Library of Congress     146
Women's Rights National Historic Park     152
Civil Rights Memorial     156
Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark     158
Tribune Tower     162
Yamhill Street     166
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts     168
IBM Schoolhouse     172
Dexter Gate at Harvard University     174
Palo Alto Medical Foundation     176
International Peace Garden     178
Grauman's Chinese Theatre     182
Bibliography     184
Resources     186
Illustrations Credits/Acknowledgments     188
Index     189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Etched in Stone is Wonderful!

    Ryan Coonertyâ¿¿s â¿¿Etched in Stoneâ¿ is absolutely Magnificent! Coonertyâ¿¿s writing takes you to these monumental places in Americaâ¿¿s history. The superb photography is complemented by the articulate writing styles of Coonerty. Each page is an exciting journey into Americaâ¿¿s past, present, and future. This is much more than your typical history book. This educational masterpiece is enjoyable to read and is a great book to have in your home library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A Captivating Work

    This book exemplifies the American story. Illustrated through beautiful photography and exquisite writing, the book captures a sense of glory and darkness laced throughout our nation's past. From the Blacklist monument in South Carolina to victims monument in Oklahoma City to the Marine Corp memorial in Washington D.C., each monument has a diverse meaning and beauty used to move its visitors. With inspiring form and structure, the book emphasizes the personal experience and creates an environment of deeper understanding. I would recommend it teachers and consumers alike. It's a wonderful teaching tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    Great idea!

    I just thought this was such an interesting idea for a book. It's a great edition to my coffee table book collection. It's definitely more educational and inspiring than most of my light reading books. I was impressed with the photography and the written descriptions were succinct but informative. It was great to see that not all of the most important monuments are in D.C.

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