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American Architecture: A History (Icon Editions) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0813336626
ISBN-10: 0813336627
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Editorial Reviews

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“This is the best one-volume survey of American architecture on the market today, and it will long live…as a basic resource and authority. “
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“The illustrations are excellent, the author’s writing style clear and easily comprehended.”
Jean France, University of Rochester

“In a country with such a hodgepodge f roots, Mr. Roth provides an extensive survey that helps explain and document our American architectural history.”
Washington Times

“The most detailed and current survey in print, this book should prove a very useful reference for the many professionals and laypersons with an interest in American architecture,”
Richard Longstreth, Gerorge Washington University

“I read the entire book with great interest. It is very well-presented and well-written.”
Jeffery Howe, Boston College

“A full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects.”
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From the Back Cover

More than fifteen years after the success of the first edition, this sweeping introduction to the history of architecture in the United States is now a fully revised guide to the major developments that shaped the environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects.

The second edition features an entirely new chapter detailing the green architecture movement and architectural trends in the 21st century. Further updates include an expanded section on Native American architecture and contemporary design by Native American architects, new discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help today’s readers. The art program is expanded, including 640 black and white images and 62 new color images. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference for those seeking to better understand the rich history of architecture in the United States.

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History Emeritus at the University of Oregon at Eugene. Dr. Roth is the author of Understanding Architecture (Westview Press, 2013), McKim, Mead & White, Architects (Harper & Row, 1983), America Builds (Harper & Row, 1983), A Concise History of American Architecture (Harper & Row, 1979), and other works.

Amanda C. Roth Clark is Assistant Professor of Art History and Library Director at Whitworth University. She is the daughter of Leland M. Roth, and the co-author of Understanding Architecture, 3rd Edition.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Icon Editions
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 2 edition (February 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813336627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813336626
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm taking Leland Roth's American Architecture class. I was worried about having to use his book for the class, but it turns out to be a very well written, interesting look at the history of American Architecture. Chapters are laid out in a well thought out manner and the pictures and drawings make for a more engaging read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about the built environment around them.
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To date, this is the only text book I have ever read from cover to cover, and enjoyed every word! Leland Roth's book is exceedingly thorough, and if you ever have a chance to attend a lecture from him you will not be disappointed.
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I got this for a class I was taking. It is very handy. I like the fact that it is full of information as well as lots of photos that go along with the text. If you are looking for a book on the history of American Architecture, this is it. It does cover the Native Americans, ad covering each of the cultures that came to this land is well organized. It is a very informative book.
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By Daniel on February 15, 2014
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Roth demonstrates his knowledge of American architecture time and time again with relevant in depth content for architecture in the United states as well as the origins of the styles used. In a nutshell, indispensable!
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This book is aweful. I LOVE history and architecture but this book is like a coma waiting to happen. The images are black and white....snore. So glad I rented instead of buying!
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Writing is top notch, simple, engaging and easy to follow.
Photos and plans to further explain specific building features.

Absolutely endorse it.
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I rented this book for a class I am in and first let me say that I LOVE Amazon's book rental option. I hate spending all that money buying textbooks I am never going to use again, so the rental option is perfect for me. This is the 2nd book I have rented and both times it worked perfect for me. The book itself is very good, well written, has lots of photos of architecture. I have actually used it a ton in this class, so I am very happy with the rental!
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I had to order this book for an online class, and as such was not really expecting much from it. This was the most interesting textbook I have ever had. I've been highlighting interesting phrases in a book for the first time in my life. The wording keeps the subject interesting, with (in my opinion at least) a humorous slant to some passages. I'll be keeping the book and rereading it once I have time.
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