Harvard Square: An Illustrated History Since 1950 : What do Barack Obama, Samuel Beckett, Fidel Castro, Joan Baez, Conan OâBrien, Natalie Portman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower have in common? Their footsteps have all crossed paths in Harvard Square. This well-trod patch of Cambridge turf at the corner of the United Statesâ most renowned university has long been a crossroads where poetry, retailing, politics, design, performance, and every other cultural endeavor intersect. From the squareâs tweedy aspect in the 1950s through its many transformations in the â60s,â70s, and beyond, author Mo Lotman gives a decade-by-decade account of Harvard Squareâs history, traditions, and lore. The bookstores, the billiard parlors, the barbershops, the booze and burger joints: theyâre all here. Based on interviews with more than a hundred of the squareâs denizens, illustrated with archival photographs, and graced with texts by John Updike, Bill McKibben, Governor Bill Weld, and others, Harvard Square brings "the smartest urban space in America" to vivid life. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent version and accordingly MAY NOT have a dust jacket.
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