One of America's great architects tells the story of his life, of the part his work played in it, of the background of changing taste and theory against which his career was shaped, of the men and women who played their parts in shaping it. The method is somewhat ""old school"" -- but somehow fitted to the content, and particularly to the plea he makes for an appreciation of basic standards, rather than quick right about face to modernism with all its claptrap. A book that should have a particularly good sale in and around Boston, with which most of his life has been closely associated. Architects will find much of value in the historical survey of American architecture and the influences that played their part. Sale to conservatives primarily.