The destruction of memory. Architecture at war.
London, Reaktion Books 2006.
8vo. 240pp, many photo ills. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
A powerful indictment of man’s inhumanity to other mens’ built environment, especially prevalent when issues of race and religious belief are involved. The author’s descriptions of the destruction of historic buildings not just during the Second World War but in such recent conflicts as the wars across former Yugoslavia in the 1990s should be necessary reading for every one.