Man On Wire

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More than a quarter-century before September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was immortalized by an act of unprecedented daring and beauty. In August 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit boldly—and illegally—fixed a rope between the tops of the still-young Twin Towers, a quarter mile off the ground. At daybreak, thousands of spectators gathered to watch in awe and adulation as he traversed the rope a full eight times in the course of an hour. In Man on Wire, Petit recounts the six years he spent ...
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Overview


More than a quarter-century before September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was immortalized by an act of unprecedented daring and beauty. In August 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit boldly—and illegally—fixed a rope between the tops of the still-young Twin Towers, a quarter mile off the ground. At daybreak, thousands of spectators gathered to watch in awe and adulation as he traversed the rope a full eight times in the course of an hour. In Man on Wire, Petit recounts the six years he spent preparing for this achievement. It is a fitting tribute to those lost-but-not-forgotten symbols of human aspiration—the Twin Towers.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Philippe Petit planned and executed the perfect crime by walking on a high wire between the twin towers, and the whole world loved him for doing it. --Guy F. Tozzoli, President, World Trade Centers Association”
Paul Auster
“One year after the nightmares of September 11, how good to remember that morning in 1974 when a young man gave New York a gift of astonishing, indelible beauty. How good that he has sat down now to give us this lively and often heart-stopping account of how he achieved his masterpiece.”
Milos Forman
“Every time I watch Philippe Petit perform, my heart beats a mile a minute, and I wonder, awe-inspiring as are his accomplishments on the wire.”
Werner Herzog
“It was Philippe Petit who connected the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in an act of beauty and ecstasy. Now that an act of terror has destroyed them both, his book resurrects and reunites them, in sheer defiance of gravity.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602393325
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 416,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Petit spends most of his time high-wire walking. The rest of his time he divides between New York City and a hideaway in the Catskills.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    I was enthralled.

    Since I'm afraid of heights, Mr. Petit's accomplishment was amazing; I was in a panic, just reading it. To have his vision and carry it out makes him one of a kind - and terrifying to think what the alternative ending could have been, but he lived to tell the story. In light of what happened to the Towers and now the 10 year anniversary, this is a piece of the Towers history.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    This guy is a total narcissist.

    My book club read this and agreed it wasn't enjoyable because of the author's self-importance and arrogance. I would not recommend and wish I hadn't spent money on it :)

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