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Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Olmsted's life was sublimely interesting; he spent considerable portions of his life as a "scientific farmer," a newspaper reporter, the author of "travelogues" chronicling his journeys through the American South and England in the early 1850s, the supervisor of mining operations at the Mariposa gold mine in Bear Valley CA, the founder and head of the US Sanitary Commission during the Civil War, . . . - while along the way inventing, almost single-handedly, the profession of landscape architecture in the United States, creating a series of true masterpieces (NYC's Central, Prospect, Morningside, and Riverside Parks, Boston's "Emerald Necklace" parks, the grounds of the US Capitol, the Stanford University campus, among many, many others). Martin's book is wonderfully well-constructed and he tells the story with verve, and I found it extraordinarily interesting from start to finish and, by the end, quite moving.