â€śAmerican Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose.â€ť â€”Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridgeâ€śInformative and absolutely engrossing.â€ť Â â€”Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's DomeÂ Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nationâ€™s gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s Monticello to Michelle Obamaâ€™s vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmstedâ€™s expansive Central Park to Martha Stewartâ€™s how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nationâ€™s history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.