High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the World's Greatest Skyline, 1881 to the Present

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 400 pages

A powerful first-hand account of the many generations and ethnic groups of men who have built America's skyscrapers.

From the early days of steel construction in Chicago, through the great boom years of New York city ironwork, and up through the present, High Steel follows the trajectory of careers inextricably linked to both great accomplishment and catastrophic disaster.

The personal stories reveal the lives of ironworkers and the dangers they face as they walk across the windswept, swaying summits of tomorrow's skyscrapers, balanced on steel girders sometimes only six inches wide. Rasenberger explores both the greatest accomplishments of ironwork—the vaulting bridges and towers that define America's skyline—and the deadliest disasters, such as the Quebec Bridge Collapse of 1907, when 75 ironworkers, including 33 Mohawk Indians, fell to their deaths. High Steel is an accessible, thrilling, and vertiginous portrait of the lives of some of our most brave yet unrecognized men.

 

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I loved this book. I have no idea why I picked it up in the first place. I have a glancing interest in architecture and design, but probably no more than the next person sitting on their butt watching ... Read full review

HIGH STEEL: The Daring Men Who Built the World's Greatest Skyline

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A comprehensive celebration of men who for more than a century have willingly accepted the risks it took to put the American skyscraper on the map.Although freelance journalist Rasenberger points out ... Read full review

Contents

Of Steel and Men
1
PART I
7
The Man On Top 1901
31
The New World 2001
61
The Walking Delegate 1903
81
Mondays 2001
109
Kahnawake
133
Cowboys of the Skies
173
Fish 209
221
The Old School
239
The Towers
259
Burning Steel
287
Topping Out
319
Sources
341
Acknowledgments
355
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Jim Rasenberger is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He lives in New York City with his wife and twin sons. High Steel is his first book.

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