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

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Basic Books, Aug 2, 2011 - History - 304 pages
When the World Trade Towers in New York City were erected at the Hudson's 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 Jacobs's mid-century classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
 

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A zesty, succinct contextualization of the World Trade Center, its seaminess and semiotics, from novelist and academic Darton (Media Studies/Hunter; Free City, 1996). No matter what you think about ... Read full review

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Among the most widely recognized of human-made structures, New York City's World Trade Center is both beloved for its photogenic skyline presence and vilified for symbolizing bloated bureaucracy and ... Read full review

Contents

Praise
Title Page
EIGHT
ONE FAIR WARNINGS
PART
CITY OUT OF WATER
UTOPIAN ROOTS
MASTER OF MASTERS
UTOPIA
BEAUTIES WHAT
TAKES ALL ASPHALT
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE
ON MY FEET HARROWED
CHOICE
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Eric Darton is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Free City, a cofounder of Yomama Art in New York City, and a former contributing editor of Conjunctions. He teaches media, technology, and cultural studies at Hunter College in New York City.

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