First printed in 2000, this book chronicles the pitfalls and perils of building the world's tallest buildings. The most interesting (and ironic) part of this, comes in an interview with Eric Dalton after the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993.

When asked how the World Trade Center had changed since the bombing, Dalton replied:

"It has certainly transformed as a symbol. One great irony of the towers is that they were built to withstand a 747 slamming into them - the disaster scenario of a more "innocent" era. No one in the mid-'60s, when the buildings were designed, could have anticipated that thirty years later the threat would not come from a stray airplane - a symbol of the machine age gone awry - but from modernity's discontents: terrorists who knew the building's true vulnerability was in its basement. Fortunately they didn't know how to build a bomb that would do what they wanted."


anything I could say seems superfluous

entire interview available at:
http://www.basicbooks.com/winter2000/017010/interview.html

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