More than just another popularized how-the-West-once-was photographic treatise, this guide traces the development of New World mission architecture from Mediterranean antecedents to Florida and California. The beautifully designed book introduces the exquisite photographs with heavily historical sections that place mission building within religious, geographic, and cultural contexts. Director emeritus of the National Museum of American History and a prolific scholar, Kennedy chooses a lively, unpedantic style to describe specific architectural features and buildings. Diagrams, maps, and a glossary of terms are also useful. This dazzling production will be of interest to general and research collections alike.-- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.