Benjamin Schwarz in the current issue of the Atlantic:

(Gruen himself wrote prolifically, yet … his oeuvre suffers from chronic self-congratulation and Mitteleuropean gaseousness.)

The very next sentence:

M. Jeffrey Hardwick’s `Mall Maker’, a deeply researched (the detailed endnotes are marvelous), conventional narrative, concentrates on Gruen’s impact on American society, but almost completely ignores his architectural and design achievements, a subject that Alex Wall, a Dutch architect and urban planner, examines more closely in his `Victor Gruen’, an unusually handsome and well-illustrated book.

[P.S. Googlewhack!]

Update: I am undone.  I have un-googlewhacked myself. How meta is that?


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