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Truth Against the World: Frank Lloyd Wright Speaks for an Organic Architecture Paperback – December 31, 1998


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  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Preservation Press,U.S. (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891331743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891331742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truth Against the World offers a singular portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright—the master architect, and perhaps America’s most famous architect, as public speaker. It was a role Wright often disdained but which he also obviously enjoyed. Including thoughtful analysis with introductions by editor Patrick J. Meehan, AIA, Truth Against the World provides the first comprehensive, single-volume collection of Wright’s most important speeches during his 70-year career to diverse audiences—high school and college students, architects, engineers, business executives, and society matrons. Topics covered by the 32 presentations include Wright’s thoughts on Beaux Arts architecture and the Columbian World Exposition of 1893, organic architecture, prefabricated housing, hospital design, the use of the machine in design, and contemporary society, among many others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Timmons (scott_timmons@juno.com) on March 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Truth Against The World is a must for anyone interested in understanding Wright's philosophy of Organic Architecture. It is such a great resource because, unlike the thousands of other books that were written about Wright, Truth Against The World is a view of the famed architectural philosophy through the genius himself. You do not get a third person interpretation about Wright and his philosophy; instead you read and hear about it in his own words. The end result is a greater depth of understanding not only of the Organic philosophy, but of arguably one of the world's greatest architect of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheng Eng Aun on April 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading (the transcript of) his speeches in this book, I'd have to admit that I was impressed by his ability to insult - gracefully :P... The book contains his speeches on several topics, and I find his view on architecture and democracy most inspiring.

The greatest reward one can get after reading his book is not (merely) to know more about the architect and his view; but really to look at architecture and the world from a new perspective. His view is largely in agreement with that of Lao Tze and Japanese Architecture. All the principles are not rules to be followed or imitated, but a 'way' which one uses to interpret what he senses. I believe that's how he's able to shake design out of his sleeves!

And it's ironic that some of my friends studying architecture grow weary of me, an Economics major, since I am practically quoting him all the time and challenging their views! :P
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Sides on April 24, 2000
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In addition to being a fun read, it is a great source for Frank Lloyd Wright quotes! Recommended for any serious Wright fan.
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