It is a veritable minefield, trying to find a useful, unpretentious guide to what is unquestionably the most influential design house of the twentieth century worldwide. Not only is the volume reasonably priced, but it is illustrated with the best of examples of the timeless designs, and breaks down the facelessness associated with many art books. Droste not only more than accomplishes an extremely reasonable attempt at explaining the mystique behind the Bauhaus, but she also manages to place the school within its rightful place among modernist art and architecture in the 20th century. The book makes an ideal guide to the Bauhaus and its innovators, and will also direct readers who may not recognise the great artists and designers within, to other more detailed synopses and guides available. For someone like me, who admired the Bauhaus from a distance, but who knew little in depth of the personalities involved, this is an ideal starting point to appreciate probably the greatest influence on modern art and architecture yet.