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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732313
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs...instructive, interesting and occasionally entertaining. -- Times Higher Education Supplement

A remarkable document. -- Casabella, Nicholas Adams

Filled with marvelous arcana....but it also concerns itself with serious controversies... -- New York Times

Packaged in a handsome volume, annotated intelligently and accompanied by two excellent essays and original site photographs...Instructive, interesting... -- Times Higher Education Supplement, Karl Sabbagh

These notes combine the dry facts with sensitive observations....A welcome contribution to the history of high-rise building technology. -- APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, Anat Geva, Ph.D.

About the Author

Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of The Skyscraper Museum.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Loudermilk on August 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is actually three stories in one. First, the discovery of a personal notebook documenting the construction of the ESB by an involved, but unknown author. Meticuously typed, with photographs, the manuscript was obviously a labor of love. Second, the written manuscript provides details of the construction which are engrossing, and the notebook's photos show the processes of constuction - not what was done but how they did it. Finally, the first 40+ pages provide a great summary of the ESB's history for the uninitiated. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book are the full-page photocopies of the notebook's actual pages, which only add to the historical sense and mystique of the manuscript. A great gift for the "construction-type" in your life, which is how I got mine...after numerous hints.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jos Knippen on June 19, 2000
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Based on actual records the construction company kept during the building process, this book gives an insight of how such an astonishing effort was completed. The whole process of buying the spot, finding an architect(!), tearing down the existing building, design, and building the Empire State took only 22 months. It's an outstanding example of how the management of a very complex project can be done and a must read for everyone in the software industry ;-). Fun to browse through yourself, a sure hit as a gift to anyone interested or working in architecture, construction or project management.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Joker on January 27, 2009
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An excellent book with a ton of info about the bldg and how it was built, documents, etc.. very good resource
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DC on May 31, 2010
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The book is a treasure of historical collections from the construction of the Empire State Building, including actual daily reports, observations and techniques. If you appreciate high rise construction, this is a must read. Awe inpsiring what they were able to accompish 80 years ago.
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Great book. From a construction professionals view point very interesting detailed account of the construction process during that era.
Highly reccommended.
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