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The operative word here is "definitive." In 880 profusely illustrated pages, A Field Guide to American Houses serves as an engrossing taxonomy of the architecture that surrounds us in our daily lives and travels. With a clear, well-organized text and more than 1,200 photographs, drawings, and plans, this large format hardcover elucidates thirty-nine styles and variations, each featuring a distinctive exterior look and details. This richly informative book opens our eyes to the surprising variety of our nation's home architecture as it has developed and reconfigured over the centuries. An inviting course in building structure, form, and style.