Rubble

Unearthing the History of Demolition

By Jeff Byles
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307345288, 353pp.)

Publication Date: November 28, 2006

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Ride the Wrecking Ball Through the History of Demolition

Rubble is the first-ever biography of the wrecking trade, a riveting, character-filled narrative of how the black art of demolition grew to become a multi-billion-dollar business, an extreme-spectator sport, and a touchstone for what we value and what we disdain.

Rich with stories of demolition’s quirky impresarios—including Mark Loizeaux, the world-famous engineer of destruction who brought Seattle’s Kingdome to the ground in mere seconds—this account makes firsthand forays to implosion sites and digs extensively into wrecking’s little-known historical record. Told with arresting detail and energy, this tale reveals the scientific, social, economic, and personal reasons for why we unbuild our world.

Named to the “Best of 2005” lists of Time Out New York and The Village Voice




About the Author
Jeff Byles is an author and journalist who has written about architecture, urbanism, and culture for "The New York Times, The Village Voice, Metropolis, Modern Painters, Cabinet, The Believer", and other publications. His book "Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition" was named a Best Book of the Year by "The Village Voice" and "Time Out New York".
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