Skyscraper

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Viking, 1990 - Technology & Engineering - 388 pages
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Everyone loves to watch a building taking shape: How high can a skyscraper go? How do engineers know it will actually stand? Who decides what it will look like and what materials should be used? This spellbinding "peek through the fence" lets every sidewalk superintendent watch as a vacant lot is transformed into one of New York City's most impressive new skyscrapers. Skyscraper offers insight into how architects design, engineers apply their technical know-how, and construction workers put it all together. And it goes behind the scenes, to reveal the sometimes selfish concerns of developers, community activists, politicians, and others involved. The personalities, the plans, the headaches, and the ultimate exhiliration are all here, in a dramatic story of a magnificent achievement-and the human forces that made it happen.

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User Review  - Harlan879 - LibraryThing

I have very pleasant memories of watching the PBS miniseries about the building of this building, in about 1990. I recently picked this book up cheap, hoping it would be as compelling, but I'm sad to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

I was reading it for school. It was fairly interesting, but not so much as to make me want to finish it when the semester was over. Plus, I got an old copy that fell apart at about the half way point. Read full review

Contents

HOW IT ALL BEGAN
9
ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS
27
STANDING UP
60
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Karl Sabbagh is the author of six books, most recently" A Rum Affair "(FSG, 2000). He lives near Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

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