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Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    An absolutely engaging account of the building of the Chrsyler, the Manhattan, and the Empire State Builidngs, but, more important, the people and the times behind them. Neil Bascomb takes what could be a dull topic and makes it come alive.

    I listened to this book on audio CD after listening to Neil Bascomb's "Hunting Eichman". Although one would not expect these books to be page-turners, both were absolutely engrossing. "Higher" brings to life the people behind the design, the construction and the financing of the Chrysler Building, the Manhattan Building at 10 Wall Street, and the Empire State Building. All three were built during tempestuous times in the country leading up to the Wall Street crash and the Great Depression. Although we all know the history, the author captures a sense of suspense nontheless. The book combines architecture, construction, history, politics, finance and weaves them all together into what is truly a dramatic account. Bascomb has a way of making the people in his book very real so that the book reads more like a thriller than a account of the development of three buildings. I bought the hardback book for my cousin who is an architect but I am far from the field and enjoyed the book immensely. I would recommend any of Bascomb's books to all readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    A Historic Race to the Sky

    This is a good book for anyone interested in NY buildings and history. The Empire State Building is my favorite building, and I have a large collection of books and photography regarding it. This book is an excellant addition to that collection. Though I know a great deal about the men and times behind the creation of the Empire State Building and some regarding the Chryslar, this book fascinates with additional information on both and all new information regarding 40 Wall Street. Neal Bascomb gives you a good account of the money men and their egos behind the financing of these buildings. He gives you the history and motivation of the architects. Neal also gives you the background on the men who built the buildings--which is usually lacking in other books. It was also interesting to read this book today with all that is going on with the economy. Though the situation today is not as bad as then, a lot of the same things happened. Now as then, especially here in Miami, there are going to be quite a few empty buildings dotting the skylines for the next five years. If you liked 'The Devil and the White City', you'll like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004


    This book was incredible. It details the entire process of the race to the New York sky. Beginning first with the insane idea for such a tall building....going through the deaths and trials of getting it built and finally seeing the finished product soaring through the clouds. This book is perfect for any New York history buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    A fantastic read for any NYC lover

    The Chrysler Building has always been my favorite NY skyscraper, so when I came across this recently, I couldn't pass it up. I remember once hearing something about a 'race' -- I had no idea what a fascinating story this is. In addition, Higher is filled with incredible historical detail on everything from the iron workers who slaved away under pre-OSHA conditions to the wealthy and apparently eccentric men who brought these incredible buildings to light. This gets my highest recommendation -- the best thing I've read in a while.

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