From Publishers Weekly
Morgan presents a sort of dummys guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions. Househunters, homeowners, realtorsor anyone simply interested in what distinguishes a Victorian from a Colonial, what the difference is between Georgian and Greek Revival, or which empire inspired the Second Empire stylewill love this book. Morgan aims "to simplifyin text, image and graphic presentationwhat has become a complex subject to understand," and his book largely succeeds. In 15 color-coded chapters, Morgan, whose writings on architecture have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications, demystifies American house styles, giving a two-page overview for each, photographic examples from around the country and notes on the styles defining characteristics. With its clear prose, comprehensive scope and excellent photos, this book will be a useful resource for all who care about American design.
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About the Author
William Morgan is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, and has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of Abrams’ American Country Churches.
Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Poland and New York City. His books include Abrams’ Living Large in Small Spaces and Treehouses of the World