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Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143034502, Paperback)In the tradition of the bestselling Brunelleschi’s Dome, this acclaimed book by architectural critic Nicholas Shrady takes a look—from every angle—at one of the most storied and recognizable structures in the world. The Tower of Pisa has withstood gravity, war, earthquakes, and an onslaught of tourists for hundreds of years. But Shrady shows us much more than a structure that has defied the odds. Boasting a revolutionary design at its construction, the tower has born witness to a remarkable history, from its celebration by Romantics like Lord Byron to the corrective surgery at the hands of Mussolini that almost ruined it. Hugely entertaining and informative, Tilt is a triumph worthy of its imperfect yet enduring subject.
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"In Tilt, author Nicholas Shrady reveals how the campanile, or bell tower, in Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli became the iconic Tower of Pisa. Even standing straight and true, the tower's marble and lime facade would be instantly recognizable the world over. Yet its distinctive tilt, which measured 16 degrees from vertical when construction was completed in 1370, has long been a mystery. Was it the result of shoddy workmanship or the brainchild of a hunchback maestro who skewed the tower to avenge his own condition? Nearly a millennium since its construction, the tower still stands (more than 4 meters - or 5 degrees - askew) in defiance of logic, gravity, and soaring odds - a mute witness to history as it has unfolded."--BOOK JACKET.
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