American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are : The story of our nation and ourselves - as told through our country's most significant gardens and their creators. From Frederick Law Olmsted to Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama to our neighbors, Americans throughout history have revealed something of themselves - their personalities, desires, and beliefs - in the gardens they create. Rooted in the time and place of their making, as much as in the minds and identities of their makers, gardens mirror the struggles and energies of a changing society. Melding biography, history, and cultural commentary in a one-of-a-kind narrative, American Eden presents a dynamic, sweeping look at this country's landscapes and the visionaries behind them. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.