World Trade Center: Classics of American Architecture

Revised edition – 2012 includes 105 pages of original World Trade Center documents

Ordering Information

Soft-Cover: The book is available in soft-cover (appendix in black and white) from The World Trade Center (Classics of American Architecture)

Adobe Digital Edition: The book has also been released in digital format (appendix in color) for Adobe Digital Editions. It can be ordered from

Kindle edition (appendix in color): Click here

Nook edition (appendix in color): Click here

Other: A version for the iPad will be forthcoming.

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Reviews and comments

NYT City Room - Blogging From the Five Boroughs

New Glimpses of the Twin Towers’ Past

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Originally published in 1987 while the Twin Towers still stood – brash and controversial, a new symbol of the city and the country – this book offered the first serious consideration of the planning and design of the World Trade Center. It benefited from interviews with figures still on the scene, and archival documents still available for study. Many of those interviewed, and many of the documents, are gone. But even if they remained available today, it would be impossible now to write this book from the same perspective – too much has happened here.

A decade after the disaster, a new World Trade Center is rising on the site. We can finally begin to imagine life returning, with thousands of people streaming into the new buildings to work or conduct business, and thousands more, from all over the world, coming to visit the new memorial. It is only natural, then, that we will find ourselves thinking about what life was like in the original Center. This new edition of the book – expanded to include copies of some of the documents upon which the text was based – is offered as a memory of the World Trade Center as it once was. It is also offered as 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.

Interview (excerpt) with Geraldine Jamieson on Manx Radio, on how the book came to be


Interview with John Farley of WNET’s MetroFocus on the design of the Trade Center (for the full site, click here)

Related Articles by Anthony W. Robins

For two blog entries, for the Special Libraries Association, about the fate of the World Trade Center archives formerly held at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, click on the images.

David Dunlap article on the missing World Trade Center Historic Site Marker

On-line World Trade Center archive