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

City in the Sky The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fallMore than a year after the nation began mourning the lives los

  • Title: City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center
  • Author: James Glanz
  • ISBN: 9780805074284
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fallMore 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 YorThe definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fallMore 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 Like David McCullough s The Great Bridge, 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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    1. I never really noticed the ubiquity of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center until they were gone. Despite dominating an already formidable skyline, the Towers were so intertwined with New York City that they somehow lost an independent identity. The Twin Towers were New York, a symbol and a synonym. When King Kong came back to the Big Apple for an unnecessary remake, the ape ignored the Empire State Building entirely. When young Kevin McAllister arrives in New York City, once again separate [...]

    2. A rare moment where you actually come out feeling more educated after reading something. I'd love to see an expanded edition that includes more pictures and provides new chapters on the memorial and how relief workers have gotten sick from breathing in all of the particles during the recovery effort. Among the more interesting things that I learned:The Port Authority is extremely shady. It was created as a government entity to support transportation but instead it has transformed into this horri [...]

    3. This book is an excellent narrative of the building and ultimate destruction of the Trade Center. It is a great detailer of how the Port Authority was able to push for its contstruction as well as the design. It also does well at describing the details of the collapse on that fateful day (May We Never Forget)!

    4. The history of the creation of the World Trade Center is more complicated and stretches further back than one might expect. James Glanz evokes an era, shows the human face of those who made it happen, and chronicles the stories of those inside the tower after the attack.

    5. I don't intentionally expose myself to images/recountings of 9-11, so I skipped the chapter on the attacks (which to many may be the meat of this book). I did enjoy reading about the history of the Twin Towers and how such a huge undertaking came to pass.

    6. I use to be really into the story of the World Trade Center so i use to read any and everything about it this book got boring but it was still ok

    7. somehow the earnest, scientific and historical look at 9/11 is much, much more compelling and bearable than other ways of covering the event.

    8. This book tells you everything and I mean everything there is to know about the World Trade Center from it's idea of it in 1939 at the New York's World's Fair to Post-911.

    9. This was fascinating. Ultimately sad of course, but amazing to read of the designing and building, how huge they were, and what probably led to the collapse.

    10. written by nyt reporters, not only describes their end, but the tangled path that led to their construction

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