Synopses & Reviews
Three FrenchmenEiffel, Lesseps, and Bartholdiwere the moving spirits
behind all four colossi. This highly original book by Darcy Grigsby, a professor
of art history at Berkeley, presents their extraordinary, interlinked history. It
begins with Napoleon in Egypt and ends with the building of the Panama Canal.
The Suez Canal, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and a few other
colossal enterprises come in between. The book brings engineering into the
history of art for the first time. Amply illustrated, it crosses between the
histories of art, technology, and engineering as well as with cultural and
In this generously illustrated book, acclaimed Berkeley art historian Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby gives us the definitive account of a history that leads from Napoleon's encounter with the gigantic monuments of ancient Egypt to the building of the wonders of the industrial world: the Statue of Liberty, Suez Canal, Eiffel Tower, and Panama Canal. Passionately argued, peerless in its research, its synthesis, and its depth of understanding, Colossal: Engineering the Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal is a magisterial addition to serious study of the modern world.