Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead by Justin Martin is a 461-page hardcover published in 2011 by Da Capo Press. The book is in new condition but for a hint of self wear along the bottom edge.
Frederick Law Olmstead was a visionary landscape architect, but his full measure was so much greater. Not only did he help beautify nineteenth-century America, he transformed the country's social and political landscape as well. While he's best remembered for dozens of parks and public spaces, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to the U.S. Capital Grounds to Stanford University's campus, Olmstead was also an influential journalist, fervent early voice for the environment, and--most especially--a powerful abolitionist. Based on abundant new research, Justin Martin's biography delivers Olmstead's sweeping story, packed with passion and heartbreak, failure and triumph.