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The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century Audio CD – CD, June 25, 2019

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Editorial Reviews


"[A] brisk, clear-eyed new biography."

-- "New Yorker"

"A biography that is as much literary as critical achievement. Required reading for anyone hoping to make sense of the American century, for Johnson was its house architect."

-- "Christopher Hawthorne, chief design officer for the city of Los Angeles and former architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times"

"A biography with attitude, a bullet train through the shifting landscapes of twentieth-century America, and a sheer pleasure to read."

-- "Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do"

"A fresh look at [Johnson's] less-than-savory aspects, Lamster portrays a diffident genius for whom being boring was the greatest crime."

-- "Kirkus (starred review)"

"A vivid, thoughtful, illuminating, disturbing, and definitive chronicle of one of twentieth-century architecture's most celebrated and powerful figures."

-- "Kurt Andersen, author and host of Studio 360"

"In this compelling biography, Mark Lamster deconstructs Johnson's complex persona, evaluates his work and begins the complex process of establishing his place in history."

-- "Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry"

"In Mark Lamster's nuanced telling, Johnson...becomes a symbol of America itself. This is biography as history, and it is a magnificent piece of work."

-- "David L. Ulin, author of Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles"

"Johnson was a fascinating and disturbing figure; Lamster's biography, impressively and honestly, displays him with his full complexity."

-- "Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life"

"Lamster's mesmerizing, authoritative, and often-astonishing study grapples with Johnson's legacy in all its ambiguity...[A] masterful achievement."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

"Smoothly written and fair-minded...[A] searching and thorough overview of Johnson's engrossing life."

-- "Wall Street Journal"

About the Author

Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2017, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A native of New York City, he now lives with his family in Dallas.

Product details

  • Publisher : Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (June 25, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Audio CD : 1 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 198266357X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1982663575
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 54 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hero or villain?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting architectural history of the American 20th century
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