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The World Trade Center: The Challenge of the Future (Architectures) Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 27, 2011
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Adult/High School-Mirroring the shape of the infamous towers, this book is a foot and a quarter long and eight inches across. The golden-hued photos on the front and back covers bind together a stunning pictorial history of the World Trade Center before, during, and after its construction, and the ever after of its destruction, with a mixture of diagrams and captioned photos-aged, angular, aerial, active. Some photographs fold out to poster-size. All of the graphics, whether in color or black and white or those that look monotone from the September 11 fallout, are telling and poignant. Along with the author's commentary, they serve as a eulogy to the Twin Towers and the indomitable spirit of the New York citizenry.
Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is a wonderfully written history of an American Icon destroyed by fanatic Muslims. The pictures alone are worth the price!World Trade Center: The Giants That Defied the Sky
Tells the story of 1960's NYC and the coming poverty of the city (due to the pending outlay of $ due to social causes) but hope as the buildings were built. Features B/W photos of skyline from 1940's and 1960's of pre-tower landscape.
Features photos from King Kong and Independence Day to show how the towers were part of people's idea of existence.
Includes a photo and comments of the man that designed the towers. Mentions the man that walked across a tightrope between the buildings and some men that climbed the buildings.
Features violent 9\11 pictures and photo of Bush and the Mayor as well as rescue and recovery.
Concludes with photos of light cast into the sky where the towers were. Sad. Why? They hate us because they ain't us.
Includes photos of scale models and picture of the designer. There is a diagram of buildings damaged.
With the War on Terror continuing, sometimes it is good to be reminded of why we are fighting and what it's all for. This book will bring the memories (and the resolve) flooding back.
An excellent tribute at a great price. Five stars!
Skinner's "World Trade Center" is a welcome surprise, not only because of its conscientious attention to detail, but also because of what its creators chose to present inside, especially its illustrations, which were culled from many sources nationwide. The result is an art-intensive product that is still comprehensive in scope about the history and cultural impact of lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center, from the 1940s to the present.
At first, the cover makes the book look like another "tribute," dispensible and repetitive, a postcard-type souvenir that might ultimately find its way into the "remainder" section of any bookstore.
But its contents are opulent and lavish, without sacrificing content devoted to the history and controversy that led to the World Trade Center's construction and destruction.
At every turn, you are reminded that the Twin Towers were dismissed, if not hated by many architectural critics, bereft of the affection or warmth reserved for other New York City landmarks such as the Empire State or Chrysler Buildings.
Chapters are devoted to the world of lower Manhattan before, during and after the World Trade Center, as well as the effect these Towers had or didn't have on the regional and national stage. There are humorous cultural references (and photos) associated from everything from thrill-seekers tight-roping across the towers or jumping from a parachute or climbing its mighty walls, to the buildings' numerous appearances in films such as "King Kong," "Independence Day," "Men in Black" and "Working Girl."
Skinner's text occasionally undercuts itself with histrionic and obvious declarations (e.g., as in the introduction, referring to the 9/11 attacks as being "psychopathic," etc.), previously expressed elsewhere, hence redundant to most readers.
However, when Skinner STICKS to history and restrains his subjective observations to the debate that led to the design, construction and political and economic atmosphere of the New York City of the 1960s and 1970s, the result is marvelous. This volume is dedicated to what the World Trade Center was before and after 9/11, with keen insight on the fact, for example, that the Twin Towers never reached its goal of being a world center for "trade," in spite of its name. Every page is graced with illustrations more likely to be found in a coffee-table book costing more $$$. The layout is subtle and understated, yet wonderfully creative, hence, made more dramatic. The photos, particularly the satellite shots of lower Manhattan before and after 9/11, are all magnificent. Three color fold-out sections enhance this volume, which are as high in quality as what you would find in a book published by National Geographic.
Among the greatest decisions made by the creators of this volume was to step away from excess verbiage in the final large section that records what actually happened on 9/11. Following a well-written and understated essay, page after page of incredible color photos re-visit the day. Simple captions, absent of editorializing, serve only as labels for readers.
The tremendous power and strength of this volume is enhanced, in my opinion, by the following: Because its publishers secured permission from many news sources, the most spectacular pictures are packed into one book and properly credited. The result -- from showing the jet slamming into the south tower, the collapse of both buildings, the facial reactions of onlookers, the rescue efforts by public safety officials, to the shot of President Bush putting a comforting hand on the back of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's head -- is despite the fact we've seen these images before, it's gratifying to find them represented in a single sturdy volume that is, perhaps by design, shaped like one of the two towers.
With a few nagging exceptions when unneeded editorializing creeps into the text, "World Trade Center" is a "straight-ahead" book, easy at first glance to overlook. It's always a pleasing surprise to learn otherwise after you get past the cover.
In rare cases, as with "One Nation," the wonderful volume about 9/11 by the editors of Life Magazine, there are occasions when "speed" can work, as long as journalistic principles are embraced. Conversely, it's often said that the best things in life are those that take the longest to produce.
In the case of Peter Skinner's "World Trade Center," the publishers opted to take their time. As a result, the end product is one that zooms past other illustrated volumes about the events of 9/11, specific to New York City, hence, in my opinion, it deservedly earns a place in your permanent library.