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From the Publisher"Lively, irreverent, taking no hostages . . . Johnson comes across in this rapid-fire exchange with all the vibrancy he had for decades in auditoriums or on camera. For those who knew the architect, curator, bon vivant, the man is present on every page as he was in every moment in life; for those who didn't the verve with which Johnson had his finger both on the pulse, and in the pie, of architectural, cultural, and business decisions of New York from the 1930s to the 1980s is astounding. Both his unfortunate politics in the 1930s and his later studied apoliticism could not be clearer."
—Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
"Philip Johnson and Robert Stern have few rivals in the history of talking about architecture. Rarely cloistering himself to commit his ideas to paper, Johnson spent a lifetime in dialogue with the world around him. Stern’s recordings of his conversations with Johnson are a brilliant sampler of what was an almost daily fact of Johnson’s life: an unending round of back-and-forth between himself and those that he found interesting to spend time with. The shadings and nuances revealed by such an extended conversation tell us more about Johnson’s thinking—as well as Stern’s—than any single author could ever do."
—Terence Riley, Director, Miami Art Museum