Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City

Neal Bascomb


The Roaring Twenties in ny was once a time of exuberant ambition, free-flowing optimism, an explosion of creative expression within the age of Prohibition. big apple was once town that embodied the spirit and energy of a newly strong America. 

In 1924, within the bright center of long island, a fierce contention used to be born.  architects, William Van Alen and Craig Severance (former buddies and winning companions, yet now sour adversaries), got down to imprint their person marks at the maximum canvas within the world--the speedily evolving skyline of recent York City.  each one guy wanted to construct the city’s tallest development, or ‘skyscraper.’ each one might cease at not anything to outdo his rival.

Van Alen was once an inventive genius who expected a daring, modern development that will circulate past the drained structure of the former century.  by means of a stroke of excellent fortune he came upon a larger-than-life purchaser in motor vehicle tycoon Walter Chrysler, and so they got down to construct the mythical Chrysler building.  Severance, by way of comparability, used to be a super businessman, and he tapped his circle of downtown, old-money traders to start building at the ny corporation development at forty Wall Street. 

From ground-breaking to bricklaying, Van Alen and Severance fought a crafty duel of wills. every one guy was once compelled to redesign his architectural layout in an try to push larger, to beat his rival in mid-construction, because the constructions rose, ground by means of ground, in checklist time.  but simply because the conflict was once underway, a 3rd celebration entered the sector and introduced plans to construct an excellent better building.  This venture will be overseen by way of one in every of Chrysler’s central rivals--a consultant of the overall vehicles group--and the development finally grew to become referred to as The Empire nation Building.

Infused with narrative thrills and completely rendered old and engineering detail, Higher brings to lifestyles a sensational episode in American background. writer Neal Bascomb interweaves characters equivalent to Al Smith and Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, major as much as an dazzling climax that illustrates some of the most inventive (and mystery) architectural achievements of all time.

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