Many books have been written about designer, architect, engineer, and philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) and his visionary inventions, but Gorman, once associate curator of the Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford University Libraries, has written a book that features 253 photographs, drawings, and blueprints-many of them never before published-selected from Fuller's own archive. Gorman's overall theme is that Fuller's lightweight, self-sufficient buildings were meant to travel (his geodesic domes have actually been airlifted by military helicopters). Not merely prefabricated, they were planned to be assembled in factories, then flown to their sites. Gorman points out that while not regarded seriously in his youth, Fuller later received support from universities, corporations, and the military for his work. The text offers insight into some of Fuller's concepts, such as his manifesto for mass-produced housing and his thoughts on the role of mobile shelter in transforming behavior. The result is a worthy addition to collections needing more materials on Fuller.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.