During the Twenties, Thirties, and Forties, as books entered into competition with magazines for consumer attention in the marketplace, book jackets emerged as one of America's most vital graphic media. Many of America's most talented illustratators, influenced by Art Deco, Bauhaus, and constructivism, worked in this field. Heller (Covers and Jackets, PBC Intl., 1993), a senior art director at the New York Times, and book illustrator Chwast have assembled 272 examples of classic jacket art from that period, representing the work of 92 artists. The examples are divided into fiction and nonfiction. The authors also include a special section on six of the period's key designers: E. McNight Kauffer, W.A. Dwiggins, Arthur Hawkins Jr., George Saler, Alvin Lustig, and Paul Rand. A work tracing the evolution of the miniposters that proclaim a book's interior has been much needed, and this one is sure to please bibliophiles and designers alike. Highly recommended for general collections in both public and academic libraries as well as all special design collections.-Joseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L.