Lost Plantations of the South is what looks to be an interesting book for someone like me who is interested in history and architecture. In some ways, because of the stigma surrounding plantations, I'm sure we overlook the effort that was put into creating the opulence afforded the owners. While it might be a bit more politically-correct than a book about Nazi-era German architecture, you still may choose to avoid setting it out on the coffee table depending on your guests.
Personally, I'm a little more interested in the lost mansions from my own community, though I do wonder how any grand home eventually has its demise. I also wonder if it's appropriate to think that, in some cases, maybe it's better when those homes are limited to the pages of a book and memories of dead relatives.