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📒What Were The Twin Towers ✍ Jim O'Connor
📝What Were the Twin Towers Book Synopsis : Discover the true story of the Twin Towers—how they came to be the tallest buildings in the world and why they were destroyed. When the Twin Towers were built in 1973, they were billed as an architectural wonder. At 1,368 feet, they clocked in as the tallest buildings in the world and changed the New York City skyline dramatically. Offices and corporations moved into the towers—also known as the World Trade Center—and the buildings were seen as the economic hub of the world. But on September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack toppled the towers and changed our nation forever. Discover the whole story of the Twin Towers—from their ambitious construction to their tragic end.
📒The Twin Towers ✍ Charles River Charles River Editors
📝The Twin Towers Book Synopsis : *Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the construction and history of the Twin Towers *Covers the destruction of the World Trade Center during 9/11 *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. " - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Before its destruction in the attacks on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center in New York consisted of two of the world's most recognizable buildings, representing the strength and wealth of New York City in particular and the United States in general. That was the goal all along for philanthropist David Rockefeller, who had largely self-financed the development of One Chase Manhattan Plaza in the late 1950s in the hopes that the 70 story skyscraper would help spur further development nearby. Rockefeller envisioned Lower Manhattan as the site of a global financial center, full of stock exchanges, brokerages, investment banks, law firms, and other financial businesses. The name "World Trade Center," when spoken by an American, tends to conjure up the best and worst about the nation. The idea for such a financial center was conceived of in the heady days of post-World War II prosperity, when the nation's financial prospects had never looked better and Americans were trading all over the world with both former allies and enemies. At the same time, many in New York City, one of the jewels of the East Coast, had fallen on hard times, and it was hoped that the World Trade Center would revitalize Lower Manhattan and bring the Big Apple a bigger share of the prosperity the world was enjoying. Likewise, the center was designed by men steeped in the modern era, when architects could build skyscrapers as opposed to simple office complexes. As it would turn out, by the time construction on the buildings began, there were ominous clouds in the political and financial skies. The prosperity that had inspired its construction had given way to a financial malaise unlike any seen since the Great Depression, and many people were offended that money that could have gone to social programs was being used to build more office space. There was also political unrest, as many criticized the country's involvement in Vietnam. By the time the Twin Towers and the rest of the World Trade Center were completed, the project was considered by many to be not only a symbol of American prosperity but also another sign of capitalist greed. For 30 years, the Twin Towers were the most dramatic features of the New York skyline, and for a short while one of the towers could boast of being the tallest building in the world. People came from around the world to visit them for both business and pleasure, and while most days were busy but uneventful, there were exceptions. A stunt seemingly featuring a man dancing in the sky humanized and popularized the buildings, and they began to prosper, just as the nation itself would rise again out of the mire of the 1970s. Almost as quickly, a fire threatened the North Tower in 1975. In 1977, a man decided to scale the side of the South Tower, and in 1983, a fireman completed a stunt designed to warn people about the impossibility of evacuating everyone in case of emergency. Fatefully, the fireman's efforts fell on largely deaf ears, as no one could conceive of the need for such efforts. As everyone now knows, the World Trade Center could have stood for a century or more but didn't last half that long, because what they symbolically represented made them a physical target. The Twin Towers survived the first violent attack in 1993, but less than a decade later they were gone, the initial victims of a war still raging. The World Trade Center would be rebuilt, but New York City would never look the same again.
📒To Reach The Clouds ✍ Philippe Petit
📝To Reach the Clouds Book Synopsis : An artist of the air re-creates his six-year plot to pull off an act of incomparable beauty and imagination One late-summer day, a feat of unimaginable audacity was perpetrated on the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The year was 1974. A hundred thousand people gathered on the ground to watch in awe as twenty-four-year-old high wire artist Philippe Petit made eight crossings between the all-but-completed towers, a quarter mile above the earth, over the course of nearly an hour. Petit's achievement made headlines around the world. Yet few who saw or heard about it realized that it was the fulfillment of a dream he had nurtured for six years, rekindling it each time it was in danger of expiring. His accomplices were a motley crew of foreigners and Americans, who under Petit's direction had conpired, connived, labored, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make possible an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry. In this visually and verbally stunning book, Petit tells for the first time the dramatic story of this history-making walk, from conception and clandestine planning to the performance and its aftermath. The account draws on Petit's journals, which capture everything from his budgets to his strategies for rigging a high wire in the dead of night between two of the most secure towers in the world. It is animated by photographs taken by two of Petit's collaborators, and by his own wonderfully evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.
📒The World Trade Center Remembered ✍ Sonja Bullaty
📝The World Trade Center Remembered Book Synopsis : Thirty memorable photographs of the World Trade Center Towers. These beautifully reproduced postcards, whose images are among those included in The World Trade Center Remembered book, portray the majesty of the Twin Towers from all directions. For New Yorkers and visitors alike, the Trade Center was a compass point rising dramatically above other-skyscrapers at the tip of Manhattan. For more than two decades, practically since the Twin Towers were erected, Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo have been photographing these awesome buildings. There are captivating panoramas from Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, New Jersey, and uptown, taken in all seasons, as well as a section showing the vibrant life in the grand plaza at the center of the buildings. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a fund to assist the needy families of the Uniformed services of New York City.
📒Twin Towers Remembered ✍ Camilo J. Vergara
📝Twin Towers Remembered Book Synopsis : Presents a collection of photographs of the World Trade Center taken over thirty years, featuring views of the skyline from throughout the region, closer looks at the buildings at different times, and shots of the tragedy.
📒World Trade Center ✍ Carol M. Highsmith
📝World Trade Center Book Synopsis : This is an extradordinary tribute to the world's most recognized and mourned icon of commerce, the World Trade Center. These remarkable aerial photographs reflect both the beauty and the stature of the twin towers that were the crown jewels of lower Manhattan. A remembrance of the pinnacle of New York city's skyline, this volume also marks the beginning of the renewal to come. Includes five archival photos and eighteen full-color views.
📒Extreem Luid En Ongelooflijk Dichtbij ✍ Jonathan Safran Foer
📝Extreem luid en ongelooflijk dichtbij Book Synopsis : Prachtig verfilmd met in de hoofdrollen Tom Hanks en Sandra Bullock. De negenjarige Oskar heeft zijn vader verloren bij de bomaanslagen op 11 september. Hij raakt verwikkeld in een geheime zoektocht door New York, om het slot te vinden dat past bij een mysterieuze sleutel die van zijn vader is geweest. Zo probeert hij betekenis te geven aan diens dood.
📒The Petronas Twin Towers ✍ Mark Thomas
📝The Petronas Twin Towers Book Synopsis : Presents information on the tallest buildings in the world, including their size and how they were built.
📒102 Minutes ✍ Jim Dwyer
📝102 Minutes Book Synopsis : "102 Minutes does for the September 11 catastrophe what Walter Lord did for the Titanic in his masterpiece, A Night to Remember . . . Searing, poignant, and utterly compelling."—Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn Hailed upon its hardcover publication as an instant classic, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller 102 Minutes is now available in a revised edition timed to honor the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. At 8:46 a.m. that morning, fourteen thouosand people were inside the World Trade Center just starting their workdays, but over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn draw on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts to tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out. Dwyer and Flynn have woven an epic and unforgettable account of the struggle, determination, and grace of the ordinary men and women who made 102 minutes count as never before. 102 Minutes is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
📒Petronas Twin Towers ✍ Cesar Pelli
📝Petronas Twin Towers Book Synopsis : PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS In a world with jumbo jets, microchips and artificial hearts architecture had appeared to have losts its wonder, but with the building of the petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, now thw tallest buildings on earth, this has changed and their construction has rightfully restored architecture as a world wonder. The towers designed by Cesar Pelli embody the greatest spirit of buildings that reach to the heavens, a spirit born of the American mid-West and now found all over the world. They also reflect the latest technology in making tall buildings, with modern materials such as stainless steel cladding which makes their spires glisten on the horizon. The design of the Petronas Twin Towers began with an international design competition. In June 1991, eight firms were invited to participate. The architects were asked to provide a general plan for the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and a more detailed design for two towers to be occupied by Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers were expected to define a gateway, "a place that people can identify as unique to Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia." It was never discussed that the towers should become the tallest buildings in the world, only that they be beautiful.