The towers form only a small part of his oeuvre; this book proposes a unique look at Wright as urbanist, an aspect of the master that has not been previously explored. Ballon's sustained study shows how his towers crystallize significant ideas about his architecture and American urbanism in the age of automobiles and suburbanization.
Hilary Ballon is an architectural historian and professor at Columbia University. She is the curator of "Robert Moses and the Modern City," the 2007 exhibition concurrently at the Queens Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University. She is the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her previous books include New York's Pennsylvania Stations; The Paris of Henri IV: Architecture and Urbanism, which won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award for the Most Distinguished Scholarship in the History of Architecture; and Louis Le Vau: Mazarin's Coll ge, Colbert's Revenge, which received a medal from the Acad mie Fran aise.