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The Ghosts of Berlin

Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape

Brian Ladd

The Ghosts of Berlin

Brian Ladd

With a New Afterword
304 pages | 4 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1997, 2018
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9780226558721 Published May 2018
E-book $20.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226558868 Published May 2018
In the twenty years since its original publication, The Ghosts of Berlin has become a classic, an unparalleled guide to understanding the presence of history in our built environment, especially in a space as historically contested—and emotionally fraught—as Berlin. Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the remarkable fusion of architecture, history, and national identity in Berlin. Returning to the city frequently, Ladd continues to survey the urban landscape, traversing its ruins, contemplating its buildings and memorials, and carefully deconstructing the public debates and political controversies emerging from its past.
Review Quotes
Wall Street Journal
"A superb guide to this process of urban self-definition, both past and present.”
New York Times Book Review
“With erudition, insight, and restraint, Brian Ladd carries off the dangerous task of analyzing architecture and urbanism in Berlin in terms of its horrific political past. He convincingly argues that architecture embodies ideological meaning more powerfully than other artifacts of a society.”
Anthony Grafton | New York Review of Books
“[Ladd’s] well-written and well-illustrated book amounts to a brief history of the city as well as a guide to its landscape.”
History Today
“Ladd examines the conflicts radiating from [Berlin’s] remarkable fusion of architecture, history and national identity.”
Harvard Design Magazine
“Ladd’s balanced, sensitive chronicle of the Berlin’s traumatized topography brings the past into focus.”
Architects' Journal

“Ladd’s book is absorbing. More than a portrait of a fraught city, it is a reminder that not just ‘good design’ is at stake in the built world and its traces."

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