Book cover of Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall by Alexandra Lange
Business & Money

Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall

Few places have been as nostalgized, or as maligned, as malls. Since their birth in the 1950s, they have loomed large as temples of commerce, the agora of the suburbs. In their prime, they proved a powerful draw for creative thinkers such as Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and George Romero, who understood the mall’s appeal as both critics and consumers. Yet today, amid the aftershocks of financial crises and a global pandemic, as well as the rise of online retail, the dystopian husk of an abandoned shopping center has become one of our era’s defining images. Conventional wisdom holds that the mall is dead. But what was the mall, really? And have rumors of its demise been greatly exaggerated? […Learn More]

Book cover of Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin's Capital by Katherine Zubovich
Engineering & Transportation

Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital

An in-depth history of the Stalinist skyscraper

In the early years of the Cold War, the skyline of Moscow was forever transformed by a citywide skyscraper building project. As the steel girders of the monumental towers went up, the centuries-old metropolis was reinvented to embody the greatness of Stalinist society.¬†Moscow Monumental¬†explores how the quintessential architectural works of the late Stalin era fundamentally reshaped daily life in the Soviet capital. […Learn More]