296 pages | 6 x 9
Paper 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2132-9 | $19.95 | £13.00
"Fantastic cultural history. Smart and sensual prose. You'll never look at your Manolos the same way again."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
"Kanigel's book is an easy and pleasurable read. . . . A tribute to leather's physical and tactile properties and to humankind's ingenuity and persistence in attempting to imitate them."--Design and Culture
From Leatherette to Naugahyde, men and women have devoted enormous energy to making fake leather seem real. Faux Real explores this borderland of the almost-real, the ersatz, and the fake, illuminating a centuries-old culture war between the authentic and the imitative.
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