This is an OK bunch of pictures, but limited views and a little pricey. I should have read the description above more carefully: You get a *survey* of 100 gardens, with 1 photo and 1 paragraph of each. (Notice the page count: 112.) It's recycling, too: this is an "abridged, revised, and updated edition" of Phaidon's "The Garden Book" published in 2000 (512 pages). So they took out the non-contemporary gardens, and this is what was left? It's dissatisfying: There are lots of places that you could find a decent magazine article on and get a better look, e.g. Fallingwater (Wright), Villa Mairea (Aalto), Larry Ellison's first house (Ron Herman), Villa Savoye (Corbusier), 1929 Barcelona German Pavillion (Mies), Rockefeller Center roof, Brion-Vega Tomb (Scarpa), Barragán's San Cristobal, Miró's Labyrinth, the MoMA Sculpture Garden (Johnson). The postcard view of the falls underneath Fallingwater does not a garden make. Worse, many of the photos are of a single element, e.g. the photo of the *tip* of a Luis Barragán waterspout with very little context (OK, there's a horse...). The full photo of the Ellison House planter is barely more revealing than the detail shown on the cover. There's even a shot of IBM's Solana, TX building: just a dead-end alleé and nothing else -- out of 850 acres! It's as if some editor took stock photos and cropped them to "make 'em more dynamic". Maybe all the photos were public domain or free as promotion pieces to start, making for an inexpensive publication? It's like a Dover edition! On the plus side: Half of the pictures are not public places, so you couldn't get to see them, unlike the silly examples above; even so, they have *probably* been published elsewhere. Also the chronological arrangement gives you a sense of evolution from front to back. But I regret spending a Jackson to get this rehash: Phaidon should ditch "The Phaidon Editors" and hire photographers instead, to do original work. Here's what this book is good for: as a reminder list of gardens you mean to actually visit, or look up a "real" publication to see and read about the garden properly.