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Historic Preservation, Second Edition by Tyler, Ligibel & Tyler

Historic Preservation: An Introduction to It's History, Principles, and Practice, Second Edition. By Norman J. Tyler, Ted J. Ligibel, and Ilene R. Tyler. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. 375 pages, including 91 line drawings and 69 b&w photographs. $29.95 (paper); $14.27 (Kindle). The essential features of this book are depicted in the accompanying graphic. As can be seen there, this is a textbook intended for adoption in upper division undergraduate courses with the same title as this book. As such, if one knows nothing about a topic addressed in the book, the treatment is both informative and interesting. However, if one knows something about a topic, the treatment seems superficial and incomplete. This contradiction seems to be an unavoidable feature of textbooks as a genre and is an observation on this kind of book rather than a criticism. J. L.

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