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"Solomonson's history of the competition to design one of America's most famous buildings sets a fine example of how to portray ambitions—artistic and other kinds—against the social background of their times. Scores of illustrations show the dizzying variety of designs that contended against John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood's soaring finalist. Solomonson shows that far more than money, prestige and recognition rode on the competition: the '20s saw the birth of the idea of architecture as corporate branding. At stake was the image that Chicago and implicitly America projected to the larger world."