Léon Krier's Albert Speer: Architecture 1932–1942 is an elaborate concoction, lavishly produced, a pastiche of materials published at different times and in different places. It contains the collection of images of Albert Speer's buildings and projects that Speer himself published in Germany in 1978; photographs of Speer buildings from other sources; a “facsimile” of an earlier book of 1985 by Léon Krier with the same title, published in Brussels in French and English; sections from articles by Krier published in American and English magazines in the 1980s; an essay by Lars Olof Larsson from 1978 about neoclassicism in the twentieth century; and a short piece by Speer on the significance of his architectural work, published in 1978 and here translated (not very well) from the original German. A foreword by Robert Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, begins the volume.

Its title notwithstanding, this is not really a...

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