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City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center

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by James Glanz & Eric Lipton
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City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center by James Glanz & Eric Lipton

The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them--from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fall

More than a year after the nation began mourning the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center, it became clear that something else was being mourned: the towers themselves. They were the biggest and brashest icons that New York, and possibly America, has ever produced--magnificent giants that became intimately familiar around the globe. Their builders were possessed of a singular determination to create wonders of capitalism as well as engineering, refusing to admit defeat before natural forces, economics, or politics.

No one knows the history of the towers better than New York Times reporters James Glanz and Eric Lipton. In a vivid, brilliantly researched narrative, the authors re-create David Rockefeller's ambition to rebuild lower Manhattan, the spirited opposition of local storeowners and powerful politicians, the bold structural innovations that later determined who lived and died, master builder Guy Tozzoli's last desperate view of the towers on September 11, and the charged and chaotic recovery that could have unraveled the secrets of the buildings' collapse but instead has left some enduring mysteries.

City in the Sky is a riveting story of New York City itself, of architectural daring, human frailty, and a lost American icon.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 480
Size: 2.6 MB
Publisher: Times Books
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781466863071 (DRM-EPUB)

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Nonfiction > History > United States > State & Local > Middle Atlantic
Nonfiction > History > Modern > 21st Century
Nonfiction > Architecture > Planning

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