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Title:
Twin Towers : the life of New York City's World Trade Center
Author:
Gillespie, Angus K., 1942-
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : G.K. Hall, 2002.

©1999
Physical Description:
421 pages : illustrations 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1999.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780783897851
Format :
Book

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Summary

This is a unique history that covers the complete life of the Twin Towers: the sky-high hopes during their planning and construction, the years during which they stood at the pinnacle of the Manhattan skyline, their symbolic meaning to the city, the nation, and the world-and, in a new chapter written for this edition, their heartbreaking demise on September 11, 2001. The New York Times bestseller-now with photographs and a new updated chapter.


Author Notes

Angus Kress Gillespie is an associate professor of American Studies at Rutgers University.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Among the most widely recognized of human-made structures, New York City's World Trade Center is both beloved for its photogenic skyline presence and vilified for symbolizing bloated bureaucracy and heartless modernism. These two books comprise initial attempts to flesh out the WTC's history, appraise its place in 20th-century architecture, and judge its success as urban design and economic planning. Neither author is an authority on architecture, city planning, politics, or economics, and both treat the WTC itself as a backdrop to the political maneuvering that made its creation possible. Gillespie (American studies, Rutgers) pens an absorbing account incorporating personal interviews and observations, exuding enthusiasm and empathy. In striking contrast, Darton's (cultural studies, Hunter Coll.) study brims with irony, invective, and irrelevant digressions. Where Gillespie sees the New York Port Authority, the WTC's parent, as a powerful agency struggling to fulfill its mandate to facilitate transport and commerce, Darton sees the undiluted evil of unaccountable government officials in pursuit of ignoble ends. The same events are given diametrically opposed interpretations, and a few facts appear to be in dispute. Gillespie examines the tower's planning and construction in far more depth, but both he and Darton take the same superficial approach as Tom Wolfe in From Bauhaus to Our House. For now, architecture librarians will remain better served by Anthony Robin's The World Trade Center (1987). Large urban planning collections, however, may want to add both Twin Towers and Divided We Stand as a lesson in contrasting interpretation.--David Solt‚sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Like Karl Sabbagh's Skyscraper (1990) or John Tauranac's The Empire State Building (1995), Gillespie (Rutgers Univ.) seeks to distill the complicated processes of development, design, and construction of tall commercial buildings in New York City into an engaging narrative for the interested lay reader. These studies have helped to fill a great vacuum in the literature on one of the nation's most distinctive, character-defining forms on the landscape. Gillespie's choice, the World Trade Center, ranks among the most ambitious and challenging projects ever undertaken. Even before its completion in 1976, this immense complex became a popular icon of the city, one of its most photographed, visited, and remembered landmarks. The author explores not only the WTC's fame, but how it has been reviled by architecture critics and historians. By examining many other aspects of the Center's evolution, Gillespie creates a well-rounded picture of how the project was conceived and executed, and how it is operated and used. Gillespie's style is journalistic, at times breezy. He falls short on analysis of the meaning of this audacious endeavor, but he presents an informed and easily readable story that many people fascinated by skyscrapers will appreciate. All levels. R. Longstreth; George Washington University


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