Book: 'FLW vs. America - the 1930's' - Donald Johnson

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DavidC
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Book: 'FLW vs. America - the 1930's' - Donald Johnson

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Anyone familiar with this book? The merits - or, lack there of?


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It is one of those books that I bought when it first came out in '94, and which I am going to read as soon as I can get around to it.

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I'd love to laugh at that comment Roderick, but I'd wager I own more unread books than you do. :oops:

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Re: Book: 'FLW vs. America - the 1930's' - Donald Johnson

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DavidC wrote:Anyone familiar with this book? The merits - or, lack there of?
I have it, and plan to read it right after Roderick ... :lol:
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I'd forgotten I have this book. It's been awhile since I opened it. So I'm taking a new look.
Its 436 pages of small print. LOTS of detail of Wrights life in this decade.
Political issues are dealt with, not so much an analysis of Wright's view as a description of what he said and did:
Most of it is contrarian and hence the title of the book:
Wright thought the United States was headed in the wrong direction.
Wright's trips to Russia are described and his time in London too.

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Post by DavidC »

Thanks for the description, Tom. It helps give me more of an overview of the book.


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I vaguely recall (all of my memories are becoming vague. Anyone remember Vera Vague?) 20-some years ago someone who read the book telling me it was about issues other than architecture, which puts it at the bottom of my "to read" list. But finding anything about the 1930s trip to Russia with Olga in tow would be interesting. Did they meet Joe?

There was a publication by the far, far left in Minneapolis in the 30s (lasted less than a year) for which FLW wrote an article. While it was mentioned in a book about Mpls. which Geiger owned, I cannot recall the name of the publication, nor was I ever successful in finding any reference to it at the Mpls Public Library. It does not appear in "FLW Collected Writings."

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