"Windows are our eyes on the world. Through them we can gaze at our surroundings and, looking out, feel connected to the larger world outside.
For as long as there have been buildings, there have been windows. A simple roof hole, a narrow slit--these served as windows in early structures. Later windows might be covered with anything from mica to paper to a fish bladder; the transparent pane of glass we take for granted today took many centuries to develop. In the Middle Ages, with the achievement of stained glass, windows became the focus of a great outpouring of artistic expression. Today the "walls of glass" of the modern skyscraper represent the ultimate window. In this wide-ranging history, we also learn of the role windows have played in many dramatic events, from castle sieges to the infamous Kristallnacht of Nazi Germany to riots that scarred American cities in the 1960s."--Jacket blurb.
Light, easy reading on the history of windows. It is accessible to middle school age probably, but informative for adults, as well. No depth, but interesting nonetheless.