Grand buildings provide frozen moments that help us to understand the life and times of the people who built them. And when these structures are destroyed, so, too, is part of our collective history. James Crawford joins us to talk about how the Tower of Babel, the Library of Alexandria and other important buildings were used and abused, which he writes about in “Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings” (Picador).
Graffiti at the East Side Gallery on March 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The East Side Gallery is the longest preserved stretch of the Berlin wall. Shutterstock