Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Book Review: Twin Towers. The Life of New York City's World Trade Center
Author: Angus Kress Gillespie

Publisher: Rutgers University Press, 1999

Hardcover:   263 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-813-52742-0

Reviewer: Jan Klerks, CTBUH Communications Manager/Journal Editor

One journalist who did write about the towers prior to 9/11 was Angus Gillespie. Balancing between popular journalism and academic research, he penned his research and interpretations of it in a book called Twin Towers: The Life of New York City’s World Trade Center. The book gives a comprehensive description of all aspects of the Trade Center project, from the political motivation that lead to its construction, to the way architectural trends evolved in the seventies. It does a good job in describing much of the structural aspects of the towers. Gillespie turns out to be an admirer of the World Trade Center, tending to go soft on some of the problematic issues surrounding the project.