This is a brilliant tour-de-force of a book, examining in more than 100 full-color illustrations the nature and history of trompe-l'oeil architectural decoration from Roman times to the present. It will be of interest not only to architects and architectural historians, for whom this type of art exerts a certain fascination today, but also to interior designers, environmental designerseven sculptors and painters. Milman, a Ph.D. chemist and professional art historian, exhibits a sharp intelligence in her text; she takes no prisoners, but her book will capture every reader's attention. Unfortunately, the layout of the book is poorthere being no figure numbers keying illustrations to textand Milman tends to prefer arcane words to plain speech, making the text a bit heavy. Peter Kaufman, Suffolk community Coll. Lib.