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Thirteen months to go : the creation of the Empire State Building
Wagner, Geraldine B.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Thunder Bay Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
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F128.8.E46 W34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
F128.8.E46 W34 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The Empire State Building, a construction fear that to this day invokes awe and wonder, began as a contest between two industrial moguls who croved the status of constructing the tallest building in the world. The building was the center of a "race to the skies" competition between Walter Chrysler, of the Chrysler Corporation, and John Jakob Raskob, creator of General Motors, and coincided with the onset of one of the worst economic downturns in American history -- the Great Depression. Thirteen Months to Go encompasses the optimism and potential of 1920s New York. It is a wonderful tribute to the perseverance of New Yorkers and on amazing story of fortitude and ambition.

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This account of the construction of the Empire State Building combines textual information with many photos and anecdotal trivia. Wagner recounts the design history, stories of the workers involved, and construction statistics, and includes a number of poems written about the building and its home, New York City. The book is marred, however, by an evident hastiness. Wagner repeats information frequently throughout the book and relies too heavily on colloquialisms and cliches. For many of the historic photos and prints, the inclusion of a date in the caption would have been helpful; and Lewis Hine's famous photos are interspersed with no identification in the captions. Anyone who desires a more substantial treatment of the building should consult Building the Empire State, ed. by C. Willis (1998) and the bibliography therein. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers. M. Frank University of Massachusetts Lowell