Here's a more pretentious book than De Wolfe Howe's Boston Landmarks (Hastings House-last February-See P. 96) -- and the two supplement each other on many counts. The photographs in The Boston Book are by Arthur Griffin (and photographers will find the section on how they were taken, the table of exposures etc. of considerable value). Beautiful photographs- personally, I liked the black and whites better than the colored ones, but the colored ones enhance the merchandise values. Eather Forbes' text is more directly historical than DeWolfe Howe's -- and in brief compass she takes her reader to the heart of Boston's past, and informs and delights him. There isn't quite the intangible magic of the other book, but where this book will convert the outsider to Boston's fascination, and inform him, the already converted will find the Howe book more captivating.