From Publishers Weekly
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From Library Journal
From a scholar of Renaissance architecture and coauthor of Architecture: From Prehistory to Postmodernity comes the first comprehensive treatment of the architecture of Marcel Breuer. Hyman makes a strong case that Breuer, a distinguished Bauhaus alumnus who is still revered for his classic modern furniture, should also be included on the short list of great 20th-century architects. The author doesn't underplay Breuer's weaknesses, especially the monotonous, overbearing projects of his late period, but she argues that the excellence of his total output is not yet fully appreciated. Divided into a biographical narrative and an impressively annotated catalog of buildings organized by type, this book is oversized, luxurious, and fully illustrated, though cross references between the two parts would have helped. The text, which is impeccably researched and bursting with insights, might be faulted only for somewhat dry, academic prose that at times loses itself in an untamed mass of details. An obvious purchase for academic and larger public libraries. David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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