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Two histories of the World Trade Center have become hot sellers: Angus Kress Gillespie's 1999 Twin Towers (Rutgers, $26) and Eric Darton's 1999 Divided We Stand (Basic, $15, paperback).

Darton's deft account explores the development, building, and life of the complex, explaining how it came to embody the renewal of downtown Manhattan. But the author reminds us that this was not without cost: There are tales of controversial financing, steamrolled community opposition, real estate speculation, and questionable deals with corporate tenants.

At times, Darton seems eerily prescient. Reflecting on the 1993 bombing, he writes: "A traumatic event of this magnitude, with its horrific loss of life, opens up disquieting questions of how we have come to build and live in structures we are powerless to defend." Later he asks: "Is it possible to imagine the World Trade Center as a ruin?" What we would all give to still have that exist only in our imagination.

By Karin Pekarchik


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