Monday, December 3, 2012

New Glimpses of the Twin Towers' Past

The cover of a guide to the observation deck
New Glimpses of the Twin Towers' Past -

The new edition, Mr. Robins wrote, is intended to be a “reminder of a more innocent time, when the center stood as a symbol, certainly, of hubris, wealth and power, but also of the conviction that in New York City, Americans could do anything to which they set their minds.”
That end is well served by his decision to include reproductions of 10 original documents about the trade center: Port Authority reports, brochures, pamphlets and booklets. Given what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, the exuberant language is almost shocking in its poignancy. A brochure for the observation deck, for example, begins with the headline: “The closest some of us will ever get to heaven.”

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