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Yale University Press Podcast has an interview with Alofsin about this book: episode # 76.
It's a free download and very interesting.
Mark Hertzberg sums it up succinctly and Alofsin's interview on this podcast fills it out even more.
Evidently from the 20's to the 30's Wright spent a lot of time In NYC.
Alofsin's thesis is that this was a pvotal and crucial time in Wright's life.
He did a LOT of research for this book and sounds like he exegetes the Autobiography thoroughly.
Also it sounds like brings that historic era to life.
I would recommend the interview.
When a scholar professes to wish to turn a tranche of accepted academic wisdom "on its head," he or she had better be prepared for some pushback, if not disdain or worse. Anthony Alofsin has raised eyebrows, including mine---but I expect he will win out in the end . . .