Buenos Aires: The Biography of a City

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/1/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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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.

Author Biography

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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