Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center
The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are more than just office buildings. They are symbols of America, just as the Eiffel Tower & Big Ben represent their countries. The author recounts the political maneuvering necessary to get the State of New Jersey to agree to situate the project at its present location. Deftly presenting portraits of the men responsible for mooring the World Trade Center at its present location, he provides ample evidence that the World Trade Center backers were "second to none in self-promotion." He also demonstrates how engineers prepared the site & solved complex problems (wind pattern, elevator placement, groundwater complications) in order to erect the towers, each with 110 stories. Through numerous firsthand interviews conducted with the people who daily work there, the author vividly portrays the world of bankers, shippers, freight forwarders, & traders. He captures what happens in a normal 24-hour day in the Twin Towers, starting with early morning food deliveries & ending with the patrols of nighttime security guards.