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Divided We Stand:
A Biography Of New York's World Trade Center

by Eric Darton

ISBN 0465017274 / 9780465017270 / 0-465-01727-4
Publisher Basic Books
Language English
Edition Softcover
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When the World Trade Towers in New York City were erected at the Hudsons edge, they led the way to a real estate boom that was truly astonishing. Divided We Stand reveals the coming together and eruption of four volatile elements: super-tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism. The Trade Center serves as a potent symbol of the disastrous consequences of undemocratic planning and development.This book is a history of that skyscraping ambition and the impact it had on New York and international life. It is a portrait of a building complex that lives at the convergence point of social and economic realities central not only to New York City but to all industrial cities and suburbs. A meticulously researched historical account based on primary documents, Divided We Stand is a contemporary indictment of the prevailing urban order in the spirit of Jane Jacobss mid-century classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
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