"It is not a work of nonfiction but a work of fantasy, and not the story of the making of the skyscraper but the story of the unmaking of a very particular one, the Empire State Building . . . The exquisite drawing style that marked Mr. Macaulay's earlier works on architecture remains as whimsical as ever." -- New York Times Book Review
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air compressors ashlar block of cut bottom section building's bulldozers carefully pried loose CLIMBING COLUMN climbing cranes concrete floors construction COUNTERJIB crated David Macaulay derricks DIRIGIBLE dismantled eighty-second floor Empire State Building erected exterior wall falling debris floor area floors and walls form of transatlantic four floors GIRDER GRIP GRIP'S hoisting horizontal steel beam House Wreckers Hudson River installed Iron Workers ironworkers Krunchit limestone load marble sheathing masonry mooring mast open elevator shaft outer skin oxygen and propane pipes PNEUMATIC DEMOLITION HAMMER potentially important form Prince Prince Ali procedure was repeated PROPANE BOTTLE propane gas raised or lowered re-erection removed roof rubble and steel RUBBLE CHUTE scaffolding section of chute secured SIDEWALK SHED SKYSCRAPER SPANDREL steel frame steel framework steel was cut street level struc structural frame structural skeleton television tower torches transatlantic transportation transfer box tural turntable UNBUILDING various heights vertical wrecking bars York Yorkers