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This book by Michael Heatley leaves me with mixed opinions. Sure, there are some great pictures of our great cities like New York, Chicago, Philly, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Houston and Charlotte. However, this book could have been much better. First, I think Orlando, FL and Louisville, Kentucky should have been included instead of Vergennes, Vermont, and Fresno, California, because they are more well-known. Orlando for Disney World and Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. Also, where are the skylines of Albuquerque, Mobile and Sacramento? I'm really surprised that Mobile's skyline wasn't shown due to that newly completed 40-something-story skyscraper there. But another problem is that many pictures in the book are over a decade old. The picture of Dallas, Texas on page 81 is from -- oddly enough -- around '81,
because the Bank of America was completed in 1984. But the biggest error in the book is the photo of Mission San Jose included in the profile of San Jose, California. You won't find that mission in Silicon Valley. San Antonio, Texas is the home of the "Queen of Missions", and the publishers of this book should have done their homework. If you really want to see America's cities in their glory, buy James Blakeway's Skylines: American Cities Yesterday and Today.