Historic Preservation is an essential survey of the preservation of our cultural heritage. Written by leading authorities in the field, this new, balanced look at historic preservation brings all aspects of the field together for a comprehensive portrait of the movement. In a breezy, positive style, the authors address who we are, what we have saved, and why we preserve, then discuss how we preserve, with special attention paid to the economic, legal, and political aspects of preservation. Finally, the authors look forward to future preservation trends, policies, and programs. This well-rounded survey will make anyone interested in historic preservation understand how they can contribute to the field and invest in their own community's cultural heritage.