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World Trade Center: The Giants That Defied the Sky Hardcover – April, 2002

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158663612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586636128
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Unlike many 9/11-related "rush-to-market" books, those responsible for this spectacular volume took their time, painstakingly endeavoring (my guess), over the course of more than six months, to create something "different," that would be well-received, that would offer readers more for less, without going overboard with sentimental excess.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Encountering with this book at a bookstore, it was a true love at first sight. Since the book is deftly reviewed by David Kusumoto, there is nothing for me to add, except that what it makes most unique and makes it stand out among other similar books is its shape and the size of the book; 15" x 8". I call it a 'vertical' widescreen. This seems to be the only way to display the true impact of the twin skyscrapers. The color of the buildings , basking in the setting sun is glorious and breathtaking beyond description, and reminds me of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan.
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As a native New Yorker who formerly had a beautiful view of the World Trade Center, and now avoids looking at the painfully flat skyline every day, I have this fabulous volume to treasure instead.

While disappointed with the flood of tributes to the still unfathomable tragedy of 9/11, this book was a must have the moment I thumbed through for a quick cursory look. I was immediately impressed with all the gorgeous shots of the WTCs depicted in all the ways that I loved them. Shimmering in golden sunrise yellow, blinding in midday platinum steel, glowing in the ominously blue-violet dusk, and sparkling with the thousands of tiny lights that made the New York City skyline, the awesomely spectacular sight that so sadly, won't ever be the same.

The most wonderful thing about this book, is not only the terrific pictoral contents, with several posters included, but the informational text that accompanies it as well. If you are interested to know the complete history of the WTCs and New York City, you will see the city before the towers were built, how and by whom they were planned, the way they were built, when and why. Also covered, their effect on New York City, as well as their role in the media and Hollywood movies. Finally, you will get the brutally shocking photos of their horrible demise. Look no further for a truly complete tribute. Every single chapter goes into wonderful detail, and is accompanied by the most breathtaking photographic treasures ever seen, of these iconic masterpieces of lost architecture. Not only is this the absolute BEST book I've seen for anyone who wants to keep their memory of the WTCs alive forever, it's also one of the most reasonably priced. This volume offers a tremendous return for your dollar.
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I live in the Midwest (have never visited NY) but saw a review of this book on a website. I just had to have it so I ordered the book from Amazon.com. I received the book late yesterday afternoon. The pictures and information contained in the book are truly amazing. It is amazing to see what Lower Manhattan looked like before the WTC was built. The pictures of the various models of WTC that were built. There are pictures of the construction of the twin towers. The book has some very nice posters of the WTC and New York skyline. There are many pictures taken on September 11th and in the days following. This book is a must-have for those who are interested in the World Trade Center. It's truly a remarkable book.
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This beautiful, affordable edition will prove a keepsake for any who want to remember New York's World Trade Center through its history and through photos. Its slightly oversized presentation may prove a shelving challenge, while fold-out pictures will make World Trade Center more of a personal purchase than a library lending tool - but it's a gorgeous title which deserves a place in the collection of an enthusiast of New York City architecture and history.
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