RaveNew York Times Book ReviewNevala-Lee examines Fuller’s life and work in comprehensive detail. He seems to have spoken to everyone living who had a personal or professional association with Fuller; there are 129 pages of endnotes ... The author clearly admires his subject, which makes some aspects of his dispassionate narrative all the more unsettling ... For someone like this reader, who met and was influenced by Fuller, reading these revelations is a chastening experience. In his public appearances, Fuller could come across as a selfless seer, almost a secular saint; in Nevala-Lee’s biography he is all too human ... The strength of this carefully researched and fair-minded biography is that the reader comes away with a greater understanding of a deeply complicated individual who overcame obstacles — many of his own making — to achieve a kind of imperfect greatness.
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalBroken Glass is an engrossing in-depth narrative of how the human interaction between client and architect produced a famous house. Mies van der Rohe was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, and Mr. Beam provides an exceptionally perceptive character study of this complex and often impenetrable figure.
PositiveThe Wall Street Journal... a subjective, Whitmanesque meditation on the way we live today ... Her travels produce a quirky mix, but what makes this book compelling is not so much where the author goes, but how she reflects on what she sees when she gets there ... her text is bolstered by thoughtful interviews with people in the places she has visited, as well as useful background research, but the liveliest parts of the book are her own lyrical descriptions ... Her wonderfully trenchant observations cast new light on the everyday ... The author is not sentimental; she faces the new condition unflinchingly, although she doesn’t always feel at home in the virtual world. Yet she puts a brave face on it.
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
PositiveThe Wall Street Journal...[a] compelling memoir ... Saving Central Park is enlivened by extracts from Ms. Rogers’s personal journal, which add a sense of immediacy to her narrative ... The book’s useful \'before\' and \'after\' photographs will remind younger readers, who have never experienced the park except in its current state, of the challenging work that needed to be done ... The author’s reasonable voice rings clear in this beautifully written memoir, steely resolve beneath old-fashioned courtesy.