The special achievement of this introductory survey of American architecture is the natural balance between the thread that runs through--the developing continuity between Old World and New, from one style or trend to another--and the individual buildings, be they types or the work of a specific architect. The scope extends from four regional types of Indian structure through the early colonies, with their diversity of national origins (England, Germany, Spain etc.) into the handbook copies of Georgian Colonial, then displays the achievements of Jefferson (an aerial shot of the University of Virginia campus is notable here). In the nineteenth century, a succession of styles with European antecedents (often illustrated)--Greek, Gothic, Romanesque, Egyptian; an eruption of eclecticism, then the late greats--Richardson; McKim, Mead & White; Sullivan; Frank Lloyd Wright. In the twentieth century, skyscrapers, new faces and their forms (Mies, Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Buckminster Fuller, etc.), and, in conclusion, anonymous architecture of all periods shaping its environment--an almost deserted mining town, the grace of a bridge, the solid strength of a factory. The introduction to each section provides the focus, the large, clear photographs and their captions supply the content. For anyone who likes to look but doesn't know what to look for, as well as the student assigned to find out, a well-informed, well-integrated guide, and, at the price, a good gift.