The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon

The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon

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by David Alexander
     
 

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The Pentagon has been called many things by many people, but to those who work there, directing the defense of the United States, it is simply “the Building.” Monumental in its five-pointed symmetry, the massive five-sided, five-story structure encompasses over six million square feet of floor space and covers twenty-nine acres of formerly swampy ground

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The Pentagon has been called many things by many people, but to those who work there, directing the defense of the United States, it is simply “the Building.” Monumental in its five-pointed symmetry, the massive five-sided, five-story structure encompasses over six million square feet of floor space and covers twenty-nine acres of formerly swampy ground.

 

There has always been much more to the Pentagon than concrete, limestone and steel. In The Pentagon, veteran defense writer and novelist David Alexander delivers the inside story on the people who have brought the Building to life, from army chief of staff General George Marshall and Secretary of War Henry Stimson, charged with creating a force that could defeat Germany and Japan, to the “whiz kids” brought to the Pentagon by Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara. Alexander's look down the corridors of power unfolds the modern history of the American defense establishment, its personalities and politics, and the evolving role that the Pentagon has played in our national security.

 

From its initial design to its restoration after the attack of 9/11, this book tells the story of the Pentagon as it is inextricably linked to the story of American power and strength.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616739584
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
10/03/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,011,952
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

David Alexander is a veteran military author and defense journalist. Alexander’s byline has become synonymous with insightful nonfiction as well as gripping fiction to readers the world over. The Richmond Observer called him “the king of action-adventure writing.” His growing list of media appearances includes C-SPAN and numerous radio talk shows. Alexander lives in Brooklyn.  www.davidalexanderbooks.com

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Building: A Biography of the Pentagon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Probably the most readable, informative and enjoyable nonfiction book on the Pentagon ever written. Just a pleasure to read!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Superb writing backed by exhaustive research puts this book in a class by itself.
FormerSecDef More than 1 year ago
David Alexander has always been consistently excellent in both his fiction and nonfiction writing. The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon shows that he's still at the top of the curve. I highly recommend this book to all readers interested in learning about the Pentagon via the pages written by a master storyteller.