Saving the city
January 20, 2005 at 10:59 am #707600
I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment by Frank McDonald called Saving the city (details below). I’m sure many of you have read this already. What I’d like to know is does anyone know the background to why it is out of print (and has been for quite some time)? I heard that it didn’t get a reprint due to legal challenges. Is this true? And if so – by who and related to which sections? Any allegations I read seem pretty tame to me now and much of what was said appears to have been borne out by tribunals etc.
Anyone know what happened?
Author: McDonald, Frank
Title: Saving the city, How to halt the destruction of Dublin (introduction by Bob Geldof)
Publisher: Tomar Publishing, 1989;
January 20, 2005 at 1:34 pm #749840tommytParticipant
Saving the city was not withdrawn,AFAIK it was his earlier book ‘The Destruction of Dublin’ that was pulled for legal reasons. It is still on loan in TCD and Bolton St. libraries though and is a rollicking read re: the incompetant and corrupt governance of 80’s Dublin.
January 20, 2005 at 4:12 pm #749841
Maybe you’re right and Saving the city just didn’t sell well enough…
January 20, 2005 at 4:30 pm #749842
“Saving the city” is a very poor book in comparison to “The Destruction of Dublin”….
January 20, 2005 at 8:03 pm #749843wexfordplannerParticipant
Is he currently in the process of writing a new book?
Does anybody have any details on expected release date?
January 20, 2005 at 8:37 pm #749844
Saving the City is a boring read there is only one target;
The roads department of Dublin Corporation as it was then,
The Destruction of Dublin is available from Bolton St library and is a masterpiece, the targets contained within are multiple and his sense of humour legendery, I think he just assumed he was right in Saving the City, the Construction is much better and I’m looking forward to the next installment
January 20, 2005 at 8:49 pm #749845GrahamHParticipant
Rather ominously, the very day that article was published about the Dept of Health disposing of Hawkins House and its proposed demolition was announced, my copy of the Destruction Of Dublin finally fell apart…
The very day – and also just after the idea of selling Liberty Hall was floated!
January 20, 2005 at 8:51 pm #749846
I got my pristine copy of “The Destruction of Dublin” in the Oxfam bookshop on Parliament Street – indeed I got a lot of very good books there.. well worth checking every few days….
January 20, 2005 at 8:55 pm #749847GrahamHParticipant
Yes – even if someone nicks Malton’s Views before you do 🙁
Must take another look now that I think of it…
January 20, 2005 at 9:04 pm #749848
I’d an inside track there – my wife used to work saturday mornings so I’d get a look through the stock in the back as well 🙂
January 20, 2005 at 9:19 pm #749849
My own copy was lent to a freind to give to her mother who as a resident of sandwith St was incensed by the demolition of archers garage,
Seeing as archers is now rebuilt it is time to recover it I think
January 21, 2005 at 12:23 am #749850
Has anyone ever seen ‘Tending the City’ published about 1990 or so?
It was largely inspired by ‘Saving the City’ it has some excellent pictures of urban settings around the country especially Dublin & Cork, I have a few spare copies if anyone wants to contact me.
June 28, 2005 at 10:26 am #749851
Well due to you all (and others in the real world :p ) I’ve had my eyes open online and elsewhere for a copy of Destruction of Dublin. Finally found a bargina dn recieved it recently – have just started it but it is very very good. Thanks for the recommendation.
I bought through Abebooks
They have a couple of other copies at the moment. (Expensive ones though.)
Of course Dublin Public Libraries also have lots of copies available.
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