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The World Trade Center Remembered Paperback – November 9, 2001
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This book pays tribute to the New York City skyline as it was graced by the World Trade Center before September 11. With accompanying text by Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker, this album of photographs by Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo, veteran Abbeville photographers who have been photographing the building for two decades, gathers beautiful images of the twin towers from every angle imaginable, from studies of architectural details to distance shots taken from the harbor. The Trade Center appears here like a fashion model, in love with the camera and eager to show off every svelte line. Brad Hooper
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Paul Goldberger is one of the nation's most respected architecture critics. The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his work at The New York Times, he has been the architectural critic at the New Yorker since 1997. He lives with his wife and his three sons in New York.
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In Paul Goldberger's text, he gives a history of the building. He tells of the bid for construction and what it meant to Radio Row. How it was briefly the tallest building in the world, and among the last tallest buildings we have built in the United States. He talks about the criticism, inluding his, of the stark and bland architecture of these two imposing monoliths. But architecture, especially large buildings, is not an artform that can be chosen to be ignored, and, over time, these buildings became part of the skyline. Their destruction on 9/11 left a hole. This book attempts to show the building in earlier and happier times.
The photos are arranged by the direction they are taken in and they show the buildings in all sorts of light. There is a somberness to this even all these years later. Perhaps there always will be for those of us who associate these buildings with the skyline of New York.
I was given a review copy of this ebook by Abbeville Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this book.
There are a few times throughout history that people will always remember exactly where they were when they heard the news. 9/11 was definitely one of those occasions. I remember being at work in the doctor office that I was working for at the time. Our switchboard operator was out sick that day. So one of our appointment schedulers, Jimmy, was working on the switchboard. The phones weren't busy yet since our day was just basically starting. Jimmy was on the phone with his wife. He looked over at me and told me that his wife just said that a plane hit one of the towers. Shortly after he completely paled as he told me that his wife said that the other tower had been hit by another plane.
At that point, everyone in the office made a mad dash to one of the doctor's offices. This doctor had a TV in his office and we all huddle around it to find out what was going on. One of my coworkers was in tears because her brother was supposed to be in the WTC that very morning making some deliveries. Of course, she couldn't reach him on the phone. So her panic started rising.
Most people that I know have some similar story of how they remember that day. My niece was woken up by her boyfriend who came by to visit. At first, she thought that he had stopped in to say Happy Birthday. In fact, he had been on his way to work and heard on the radio. He stopped in so he could see her TV. That was definitely not the birthday greeting that she expected.
No matter where you were that day, the images that were repeatedly shown over and over are forever etched in our memories.
This book attempts to replace those horrifying images with ones of the WTC at a more peaceful time. The photos in this book show the WTC at all hours of the day and from all view points. It is truly a thing of beauty.
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