Divided We Stand: A Biography of the World Trade Center

Overview


When the World Trade Center was erected at the Hudson River’s edge, it forever changed the character of the American city. In Divided We Stand, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the life of this billion-dollar building, using it as a lens through which to view the broader twentieth-century trend toward urbanized, global culture. Drawing on political and social history, Darton pioneers a new hybrid genre of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of four volatile elements in contemporary urban ...
See more details below
Paperback (Second Edition)
$13.01
BN.com price
(Save 23%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (39) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $1.99   
  • Used (27) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview


When the World Trade Center was erected at the Hudson River’s edge, it forever changed the character of the American city. In Divided We Stand, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the life of this billion-dollar building, using it as a lens through which to view the broader twentieth-century trend toward urbanized, global culture. Drawing on political and social history, Darton pioneers a new hybrid genre of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of four volatile elements in contemporary urban life: super tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism.

Now with a new introduction and afterword, Divided We Stand remains the definitive work on the birth and life of the World Trade Center.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465027651
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric Darton is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Free City and is the fiction editor of American Letters and Commentary. He has taught media, technology, and cultural studies at Hunter College and Fordham University and currently teaches private writing workshops. He has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Bread Loaf Fiction Fellowship. He lives in New York City.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note to the Reader xi

Part I

1 Fair Warnings 2

2 Maneuvers Toward a City of Towers 18

3 Port Authority Rules 38

4 Billion-Dollar Baby 60

Part II

5 The Coming Thing 88

6 The Thing Itself 112

7 Being There 144

8 Ripple Effects 164

The Space Between 188

Afterword 225

Selected Bibliography 263

Index 271

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)