Synopses & Reviews
When the World Trade Towers in New York City were erected at the Hudsons edge, they led the way to a real estate boom that was truly astonishing. Divided We Stand reveals the coming together and eruption of four volatile elements: super-tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism. The Trade Center serves as a potent symbol of the disastrous consequences of undemocratic planning and development.This book is a history of that skyscraping ambition and the impact it had on New York and international life. It is a portrait of a building complex that lives at the convergence point of social and economic realities central not only to New York City but to all industrial cities and suburbs. A meticulously researched historical account based on primary documents, Divided We Stand is a contemporary indictment of the prevailing urban order in the spirit of Jane Jacobss mid-century classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
When New York's World Trade Towers burst into prominence at the Hudson River's edge, their towering height was matched in presumptuousness only by the hubris of their name. This challenging and insightful book presents a history of that seismic moment of skyscraping ambition, and the consequences it had both for the future development of New York and urban life everywhere.
A perspective on urban culture in the latter part of the 20th century through the lens of the World Trade Center.
When the World Trade Center was erected at the Hudson Rivers edge, it forever changed the character of the American city. In Divided We Stand
, cultural critic Eric Darton chronicles the life of this billion-dollar building, using it as a lens through which to view the broader twentieth-century trend toward urbanized, global culture. Drawing on political and social history, Darton pioneers a new hybrid genre of architectural biography, revealing the convergence of four volatile elements in contemporary urban life: super tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and terrorism.
Now with a new introduction and afterword, Divided We Stand remains the definitive work on the birth and life of the World Trade Center.
About the Author
Eric Darton is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Free City and is the fiction editor of American Letters and Commentary. He has taught media, technology, and cultural studies at Hunter College and Fordham University and currently teaches private writing workshops. He has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Bread Loaf Fiction Fellowship. He lives in New York City.