Eden on the Charles
by Michael Rawson
This book explores how Bostonians channeled country lakes through miles of pipeline to provide clean water; dredged the ocean to deepen the harbor; filled tidal flats and covered the peninsula with houses, shops, and factories; and created a metropolitan system of parks and greenways, facilitating the conversion of fields into suburbs.
A 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History, this book provides a new environmental perspective on the creation of America’s first cities.
Rawson explores the impact Boston’s innovations and interactions with the environment have had on American urban life as we know it. The book includes numerous maps, historical artwork, and photographs.
Eden on the Charles is included on our New Books List for July 11, 2011.