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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.”
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“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 Lonstreth, Gerorge Washington University

“I read the entire book with great interest. It is very well-presented and well-written.”
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“A full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects.”
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About the Author

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He is the author of American Architecture: A History; A Concise History of American Architecture; McKim, Mead & White, Architects; and other works. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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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: 9.8 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Boyd on October 21, 2007
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Natalie K Perrin on May 25, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Brouillette on September 22, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaysie Rozsonits on October 16, 2013
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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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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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