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Subject: Empire State Building
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 9:22 AM ET
Member Since: 11/1/2006
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I am listening to the Great Bridge by David McCullough.  It is a story based on the lives of the men who designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge and the concept of a suspension bridge.  David McCullough is a wonderful writer and I am really enjoying.  

I was wondering if anyone knows of a similar book about the Empire State Building? 



Date Posted: 10/2/2008 10:44 AM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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No, I don't.  But I do agree with you about Mc Cullough's talent.  I esp enjoy his narrations, and can't imagine Ken Burns' Civil War without him.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 11:25 AM ET
Member Since: 6/8/2008
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You may enjoy Devil In The White City (Erik Larson) and Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center (Daniel Okrent).  Both deal greatly with the history of 20th Century metropolitan architechture - Devil details the beginnings of skyscrapers and the building of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, while tying into a historical serial killer who operated in Chicago at the time.  Great Fortune's topic should be obvious from the subtitle - great New York City history.

I haven't completed Great Fortune but I did very greatly enjoy Devil.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2007
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The Devil in the White City is AWESOME!!  We read it for our book club a couple of years ago and it was worth the read..