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VINE VOICEon August 10, 2012
This gives the man in the street a good introductory view of what's involved in building and maintaining a tall building. You'll have to go somewhere else for a more detailed account of how things like heating, air conditioning, and plumbing work in skyscrapers. But this book lays the foundation of facts.

Each turn of the page introduces you to a different facet of building. So for example, you can turn from "Diaphragm Walls" to "Caissons and Piles," and then flip to the next "Earthquakes (and earthquake protection.)" You go from "Gravity Loads" to "Wind Design." Fire safety has several pages allotted to it, as does the development of the elevator. It's similar in format to Ascher's earlier, excellent The Works: Anatomy of a City. The two volumes would make good companion pieces.

The text here is in somewhat small type, probably chosen in order to get all the basic information onto two pages between the illustrations. So you have to have rather good eyesight to comfortably read this book. But the strain is worth the effort.

The diagrams on each page are very well done, themselves providing a lesson in the art of illustration.

It would have been helpful to have a glossary, to review terms such as "solar gain," "deep-cycle battery," and "PBX phone system."

But in general, reading "The Heights" is a real pleasure. You'll probably feel motivated to go exploring the next time you're in a high-rise - and to think about everything that's in, under, and behind, those sheer walls of steel, stone, and glass.
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on April 25, 2015
Ok book.glad didn't pay full price
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on January 22, 2012
Fascinating topic. However the Author / publisher should include magnifying sheet to make more readable. Books should not require such effort. Even had my eyes checked. Publisher should take cues from standard texts!
.Standard Fonts of text are way too small page 13.
Page 23, poets in Steel, text is even smaller. Page 26, the diagram discussions are quite challenging to discern.
Then we one gets to page 29, " Building Tall in London", the text size is more comfortable.

It is headed for the recycle bin!
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on December 9, 2011
I asked Amazon to send this book as a gift to my son in another state with a message from his Dad. It was received without any message and I had to ask my son if he received it. He thanked me for solving the mystery of who sent it. That just isn't right of Amazon.
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