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Signed Copy of "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" Book + 5x7 Print

Signed Copy of "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" Book + 5x7 Print

SKU: 364215376135191

Signed by the author, this copy of Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream comes with a free 5x7 of the author's choice and maybe a few other Abandoned America goodies too! Please note this book is no longer in print, so copies are hard to keep in stock.


If the creation of a structure represents the values and ideals of a time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and eventual destruction. In Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Christopher continues his tour of the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" asks what leads us to leave places behind and what the consequences are of doing so.


Chapters include:


The Fallside Hotel (Niagara Falls, NY): Once one of Niagara Falls' swankiest hotels, now no more.

Long Beach, CT: A beach community left for dead when the bridge to it burned

Fort Pitt Casting (Pittsburgh, PA): A prosperous steel casting company undone between labor conflicts

The Lee Plaza Hotel (Detroit, MI): A beautiful hotel plagued by bad debt

Taunton State Hospital (Taunton, MA): A gorgeous asylum with a haunting past

The Randall Park Mall (North Randall, OH): Once the world's largest shopping mall

Gary, IN: An industrial town struggling with over 13,000 blighted properties

Vulture City, AZ: Arizona's richest gold mine that cost many their lives

The Victory Theatre (Holyoke, MA): A stunningly opulent theater now in ruins

Forest Haven (Laurel, MD): A school for the developmentally disabled that became a house of horrors

The Variety Theatre (Cleveland, OH): An abandoned beauty that represents hope for its community

The SS United States (Philadelphia, PA): Once the world's fastest ocean liner and the largest ship built on US soil

The Catskill Game Farm (Catskill, NY): A notalgic vacation destination with a dark secret

Schenley High School (Pittsburgh, PA): Once the most expensive high school in the US, it was closed for dubious safety concerns

  • 240 full color pages. 10.2 x .09 x 10.1 inches

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