Everything by Design by Alan Lapidus
My Life as an Architect

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Alan Lapidus’s life has been a Zelig-like romp through most of the cultural and political highlights of the recent past. He has popped up as architect for or observer of many of our era’s most iconic figures, including Donald Trump, various Mafia big shots, mayors, Aristotle and Jackie Onassis, Bob Guccione, pit bosses, real estate legends, and spies. 
            Everything by Design takes us behind the scenes in Las Vegas, Disney World, Havana, Atlantic City, Moscow, the Amazon rainforest, and New York. Along the way we learn why Mickey Mouse never seems to use the restroom, why the baccarat tables in casinos are always far away from the dice tables, why the CIA wanted him to redesign Havana’s main synagogue, and why the tunnels under the Hotel Moskva can’t be touched. 
            Everything by Design is a keenly observed social and cultural history of modern America by one of its key shapers.
 

About Alan Lapidus

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ALAN LAPIDUS is the award-winning architect of many buildings ranging from Donald Trump's towers to the Crowne Plaza in New York City. His father, Morris Lapidus, designed the Fountainebleau in Miami. He lives in Maine with his wife, concert cellist Caroline Worthington.
 
Published October 2, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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An architect who created a casino for The Donald in Atlantic City and a hotel for Donald Duck fans at Disney World reviews his life and decides it’s been awesome.

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