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ISBN: 0585310610
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.6
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Ance
"Twin Towers" is a breezy tribute to the World Trade Center written well before its destruction. It is a cheerful book -- perhaps overly so, given the many controversies that plagued the center.
For readers seeking a "brite" view of the WTC, I can recommend this book.
But if you're looking for a comprehensive, honest and balanced assessment of the WTC's controversial conception, design, and impact on life in Manhattan -- or if you seek any pictures or illustrations to give the narrative some context -- then look elsewhere.
The author devotes this book to a defense of the all-too-obvious belief that the WTC is (was) an American landmark and icon. In writing this defense, the author jumps around timelines and topics in a manner that proves quite confusing. In addition to the disorganized narrative, the author commits two other serious errors: He repeats elementary facts over and over, AND he fails to explain a number of obscure facts as well as opinions that are less clear-cut than he assumes.
Instead of discussing critics' views as a means of refuting them, the author instead brushes aside well-known design flaws, environmental concerns, and alleged corruption, offering uncritical praise of the protagonists. Even when interviewing leading proponents of the trade center, the author often merely paraphrases them.
The author's intent seems to be to keep the book upbeat and free of weighty issues. But the result is a somewhat bland book whose writing is lacking in flair, focus, and thoughtful analysis.
A few photographs might have aided in the book's upbeat approach. But here the publisher has inexcusably gone cheap. There's no photography. Even the book's few drawings are hand-drawn by an amateur or reprinted at no charge from public records.
Gillespie is an associate professor at Rutgers. He is intelligent, but his writing style needs an injection of flair, focus, and logical organization. I give this book an honorable mention for the author's effort and for the book's upbeat tone; the author clearly was a very big fan of the Trade Center, and fellow fans may like this book.
However, for a compellingly written and well-balanced book that covers the WTC's conception, construction, its impact on New Yorkers, and its controversies, I recommend "Divided We Stand" by Eric Dalton.
Negal
Twin Towers is one of the few successful endeavors to capture the spirit of the World Trade Center. It is not a photo album, and it only contains a few black and white figures. Nevertheless, it gives a comprehensive description of all aspects of the Trade Center project, from the political motivation that lead to its construction to the way architectural trends evolved in the seventies and caused the Twin Towers to be despised by most architects. It also depicts the Port Authority as an ambitious success-driven and proud agency and the Twin Towers as an American icon. Given his biases, the author does not linger too much on the grievances of the tenants that were dislodged from the WTC site to allow its construction nor does he question the legitimity of such a project. He merely states the facts: progress is mercyless.
The colorful style of the book makes it easy to read and anecdotes and quotes of some of the people who actually participated to the construction of the center abound.
What can be regretted is the book's absence of cohesion at times: it seems like each chapter has been written separately, resulting in numerous repetitions from chapter to chapter. Twin Towers also looses some marks for its endless description of the author's attendance to an introductory course to world trade, which could have been better incorporated within the text.
Overall, the merit of Twin Towers is that through the pages of the book, the reader discovers the World Trade Center through the eyes of those who were directly involved with its construction; the grievance is that this is mosly a Port Authoriry's view of the World Trade Center project.
Otrytrerl
Excellent read and history of these NYC icons.
Innadril
I don't know what the authors were thinking, but to write a book like this, which will no doubt be in HUGE demand now, and not put photographs inside, is clearly not wise. If it were not for the awesome cover shot of these steel phantoms, we would not have even a glimpse inside of the beauty that once was before September 11, 2001. Having lived in New York City all my life, I witnessed these towers crumble, and I can't get my hands on enough stuff even remotely related to them, this is why I ordered this book. However, this is wonderful to read -- not to look through. Informative and well written, it certainly includes thorough coverage.
blac wolf
Thank you for this fantastic item
Daigami
The book has arrived in a more-than-good status.
The product should have arrived in 2 weeks, but after 48h from Kentucy (USA) it arrives in my home in Venice (ITA)
Good book for have 20 years of age
fire dancer
Well... I only heard about twin towers and was interested in learning more so i went to look for books and i saw this one and i was happy and i bought it and i started reading it and it was very interested i recommend u buy this book and read to a kid because my older 10 year old daughter got on her phone and absolutly LOVED. It. :)
I thought this book was a great read for anyone who wants to know the history of these magnificent buildings and the tragedies that happened in 1993 and on September 11, 2001.

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