Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center

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Rutgers University Press, 1999 - Architecture - 263 pages
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Folklorist Angus Gillespie examines the development and daily life of the World Trade Center in New York. He covers how the engineers solved complex problems, and the contrast between the architectural community's disdain and the public acceptance of the towers as a symbol of New York.

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User Review  - Annemarie Deville - Goodreads

Detailed, excellent account on the construction of these buildings. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Comprehensive behind-the-scenes story of how the NY:NJ Port Authority was created, which was actually the owner of the World Trade Center (who knew??) and all the in-fighting that went on to design ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Gillespie is associate professor of american studies at Rutgers University.

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