Lilian Kong Kong de Taddington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire , UK
This book was good, but a little long.
Banham's writing is very lucid and enthusiastic, but he takes more of a contrarian approach than Pevsner. Good secondary source material if you're looking for another perspective on John Ruskin et. al.
This is a textbook that apparently is written at the level of the students with special needs whose inclusion in general education it discusses. Bad sign: much of the book is printed in that "child's handwriting" font. You know those horrible statistics that say something along the lines of "80% of America's teacher graduate in the bottom half of their college classes" (or something in that vein)? This book made me believe it. Terrific.
I sometimes have troubles reading. I can't get into things and stay into them. I have a short attention span at best. This book kept me. I read it in only a few sittings. It has the feel of Gatsby, of Dick Tracy, of Poirot. It's sexy and powerful.