Mies emmigrated to the United States in 1938. He was fifty two years old and had been an architect for over thirty years. Who could have known that his best and most productive years were still ahead of him. "Mies in Berlin" is a look back at the first three decades of his career. It is fascinating to see Mies' work in the years before the Great War. He was a conventional architect working in a very conservative style. Starting in 1920, Mies' surprising creativity and original vision burst forth. Along Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, he was one of the father's of modernism and what became known as the "International Style".
This volume is produced by the Museum of Modern Art and it is one of the finest art books that I have ever seen. It seems as though no expense was spared in producing this volume. There are images of Mies' early work that you will never see in any other volume. It is such a beautifully produced book that it is better to spend the money and purchase the hardback edition. Highly recommended.