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"[A] magnificent book." -The New Republic
"James Glanz and Eric Lipton's brilliantly reported and profoundly moving but admirably clear-eyed account of the accidental conception, long gestation, difficult birth, brief life and tragic death of the World Trade Center is likely to remain a classic."
-The New York Times
From City in the Sky:
The phone rang at 7 a.m. in the four-story, red-brick townhouse on East 65th Street where David Rockefeller was just finishing up his breakfast before his commute to work. Rockefeller, the youngest grandson of America's first billionaire, took a certain patrician pride in riding the Lexington Avenue subway downtown to his office at Chase National Bank, his newspaper folded lengthwise so that he could read it in the morning crush, just like everyone else. But on this day in February 1955 Rockefeller would make his commute in the back of a gray Cadillac limousine whose license plates read, very simply, WZ. Those were the initials of William Zeckendorf, the eccentric but brilliant real estate mogul and family friend who had phoned to say he had an idea that just couldn't wait. "I'll pick you up," Zeckendorf blurted to Rockefeller.
Rockefeller, who had just been appointed executive vice president for planning and development at the bank, was used to such outbursts from Zeckendorf, a bald, moon-faced man some people liked to call the P. T. Barnum of real estate. Now Zeckendorf was working out a sure-fire deal for building a giant new headquarters for Chase National Bank. His plan was so complicated that he did not want to describe it on the phone. He wanted Rockefeller to himself during the limousine ride downtown. This was going to be one hell of a deal.
Posted January 22, 2004
Posted November 9, 2003
This non fiction book 'grabs you' from the first paragraph. It reads like a great novel. All the back to the very beginning of the idea for a World Trade Center & the characters that made it happen keep you turning the pages. A great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2003
This book describes the conception, birth, and death of the WTC towers. The key people in these events and the struggles are described. The eminent-domain politics and the architectural design are particularly well covered. That the Port Authority had control over fire safety, and in the end sidestepped due diligence to arrive at the fireproofing, is described well. The one subject I wish had been covered better was the lack of roof rescue. There is some about this... in the 1993 bombing there was a roof rescue, and helicopters were a favored means of transportation to the WTC. That there were no safety precautions that led to roof rescues on 9/11 is mind-boggling. Generally, 9/11 has been under-investigated. This book is a stop back toward a serious look at what really happened.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2003
A book about the technical aspects of the construction of the World Trade Center shouldn't be written by authors without credentials in construction or engineering. These authors are not engineers or contractors, nor are they even degreed in these disciplines. (Glanz is a physicist turned writer). The authors have allowed the reader to draw some controversial conclusions about the WTC and drawing such conclusions would be careless based on this work. The authors present a suspect angle, but I'm afraid that they don't have the right background to advance their theories or to create controversy surrounding the construction of the WTC.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.