Several months ago I received an ad from AltaMira Press for a new book titled Preservation Politics: Keeping Historical Districts Vital.
Curious but uncertain about its quality, I asked the publisher to send me a gratis copy for possible review in this blog. To my surprise, it did.
As it turns out, I am happy to have the book and to review it favorably.
I am happy because Mr. Schmickle rejects the doctrinaire piousness and denial that has characterized much writing (and action) on historical preservation and starts to come to grips with the fact that the American historic preservation enterprise is in decline.