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Empire State Building: The Making of a…

Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark

by John Tauranac

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MODERNIST DESIGN & BAUHAUS. The Empire State Building is the landmark book on one of the world s most notable landmarks. Since its publication in 1995, John Tauranac s book, focused on the inception and construction of the building, has stood as the most comprehensive account of the structure. Moreover, it is far more than a work in architectural history; Tauranac tells a larger story of the politics of urban development in and through the interwar years. In a new epilogue to the Cornell edition, Tauranac highlights the continuing resonance and influence of the Empire State Building in the rapidly changing post-9/11 cityscape.… (more)



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This book was published in 1995 so it does not compare the damage to the Empire State Building by the bomber crash into it in July 1945 to the horrendous events of September 11. Till the World Trade Center twin towers were built the Empire State Building was hte tallest building in the country. The book tells well the extraordinary way it was built, in 18 months, and it was opened May 1, 1931. It was empty mostly in the 1930s but is now fully tenanted, per this book. The details of the bomber crashing into it are told fully--and are tragic but fade into insignificance when compared to the events of September ll. This book is full of interesting information--I just wish it had been written after Sept 11 and that that date had been considered to show how things would have occurred if an airliner had crashed into the Empire State Builing. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 20, 2012 |
Great book introducing young children to the building and construction of the Empire State building in New York. ( )
  Bamulholland | Jun 7, 2010 |
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