Buenos Aires: The Biography of a City: The Biography of a City

Buenos Aires: The Biography of a City: The Biography of a City

by James Gardner


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Buenos Aires, Argentina, recognized for its European-style architecture and lively theater scene, is a truly special place. The second-largest city in South America, it has been the home of such renowned cultural and historical figures as Jorge Luis Borges and Astor Piazzola, Che Guevara and Eva Peron. Like every truly great city, New York, London and Prague; Buenos Aires is its own universe, with its own center of gravity, its own scents and flavors, its own architectural signature-in short, its own way of being. From San Telmo's oak-paneled restaurants and brightly tiled apothecaries from 1900, and the phantasmagoric Beaux Arts palaces along Avenida Alvear and Plaza San Martin, to the parks of Palermo and the bustling bars and cafes along Corrientes and LaValle, Buenos Aires is steeped in exotic culture and history.

In Buenos Aires, Art and culture critic James Gardner offers a colorful biography of the "Paris of the South," from its origins and time as a colonial city, through its Golden age, the rise of Peron, and the Falklands War, to the present day. With entertaining asides about art, architecture, literature, food and dance, as well as local customs and colorful personalities, this is a rich and unique historical narrative of Buenos Aires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137279880
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JAMES GARDNER is an American art and culture critic based in NYC and Buenos Aires. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and The British Spectator. He was the art critic at the New York Post and wrote architecture criticism for the New York Observer, before serving as the architecture critic at the now defunct New York Sun. He now writes for The Real Deal Magazine, the Weekly Standard, and Antiques.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Buenos Aires as Center of the Universe

Chapter 1: Civilization or Barbarism: The Geography of Buenos Aires

Chapter 2: The Founding of Buenos Aires.

Chapter 3: The Colonial City

Chapter 4: Buenos Aires, the Capital City

Chapter 5: Independence

Chapter 6: Juan Manuel de Rosas

Chapter 7: The Rebirth of Buenos Aires

Chapter 8: The Paris of South America

Chapter 9: The City of the Masses

Chapter 10: The Postwar City (1946-1983)

Epilogue: The Contemporary City




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