There are many adult books about Wright, including one just out from the same publisher ("Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks" ), but this handsomely designed, large-size volume is an exciting introduction to Wright's life and work. In considerable detail and without condescension, Boulton shows how Wright changed forever contemporary architecture with his radical approach to creating a uniquely American design for homes and buildings--a design that included an open plan; the use of steel, reinforced concrete, and plate glass; and a harmony with the natural environment. This is also an art book: interspersed throughout the spacious text are many fine reproductions of Wright's drawings and color photographs of his famous homes and buildings. His life story, including the scandal that surrounded his private life, is presented in a straightforward style. Most moving are the quotes from Wright himself, which reveal his creative genius, his arrogance ("Yes, I intend to be the greatest architect of all time"), and his political idealism ("I don't build a house without predicting the end of the present social order"). There are no source notes, but Boulton ends with a detailed chronology and glossary and an annotated bibliography.