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

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2003 non-fiction book by James Glanz and Eric Lipton

From Publishers Weekly  This is not a book only about September 11; the towers' collapse begins on number 236 of 337 pages of narrative text. New York Times reporters Glanz (science) and Lipton (metropolitan news) instead deliver a thoroughly … see full wiki

Author: James Glanz
Publisher: Times Books
Date Published: November 12, 2003
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The saga of the WTC from its initial conception in 1939.

  • Dec 26, 2008
It is all right here.   From the germ of the idea at the 1939 New York World's Fair to the design and planning of a project unlike any other in the history of mankind to the cataclysmic events of September 11, 2001.   New York Times reporters James Glanz and Eric Lipton have pieced together the complete history that needed to be told.  "City In The Sky:  The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center" is the remarkable story of how the World Trade Center came to be.   It is a riveting tale from start to finish.  Learn about those who first envisioned this project way back in the late 1940's and of the considerable role politics would play in this saga over the ensuing decades.  You will be introduced to Lawrence A. Wien, owner of the Empire State Building, who fought this project tooth and nail.  And you'll meet one Oscar Nadel, owner of a small appliance business that would be displaced by the World Trade Center.  Put yourself in his shoes and in the shoes of hundreds of other small business people who were to be evicted in the wake of this massive project.   Glanz and Lipton also devote a considerable amount of time to the struggle between the City of New York and the New York and New Jersey Port Authority for control of this enormous project.  You will learn why the WTC was located where it was and about all of the people who made this concept a reality from the visionary David Rockerfeller to the unconventional architect Minoru Yamasaki to powerful Port Authority chairman Austin Tobin.  And of course, you will read once again of the tragic events of 9/11 and see how decisions made decades earlier may have helped decide who would live and who would die on that fateful day.  Were corners cut during construction? Was the fireproofing used adequate?  And were the consequences of an airliner crashing into the Twin Towers ever seriously considered?  So many questions. "City In The Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center"  is an important book that helps you to unravel some of the complex issues here.      Highly recommended!

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