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I am not sure if this book is on one of the 100 best lists for graphic design, but it easily could be.

In any case, it is a wonderful resource for the serious student of graphic design. Graphic Design in America, a Visual Language History  was published by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1989 on the occasion of an exhibition by the same name. In this exhibition catalog, the left page usually holds the images and the right page the text.

Most of the designers covered in the book were interviewed by the well known expert Steven Heller, author of numerous publications on design. The various essays take us from the start of graphic design in the early 1900’s on a fine visual tour into the 80’s. This 264 page softcover book is a co-publication with Harry N. Abrams Publishing of New York. It has a five page biography and bibliography. In my opinion, this is a recommended resource!