First some disclosures: I attended the Liverpool University School of Architecture, starting in 1953, three years after James Stirling graduated from that same institution. When I began teaching at Cambridge in 1962 I inherited from Colin Rowe a tutorial supervisee named Anthony Vidler. On sabbatical leave to Harvard from Cambridge in 1968, I was called in to "pinch-hit" for Stirling at Yale for a semester, much, I'm sure, to the dismay of his students.

These connections made reviewing this book a journey of reminiscence. There was the recognizable work of a postwar student of the Liverpool University School of Architecture—typically commonsensical and programmatically thorough, revealing influences from international figures such as Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer, and at the same time very aware of Liverpool's architectural, maritime, and industrial history, and its orientation westward towards the U.S.A. There was the influence...

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