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Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon
Author: Mitchell Pacelle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $27.95
ArchitectureWeek— A history of the Empire State Building in New York and the people and times that created and controlled it.

Boldt Castle : In Search of the Lost Story
Author: Paul Malo
Publisher: Laurentian Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— Boldt Castle, on an island between New York State and the Canadian province of Ontario, is one of America's largest houses. This is the story about the Boldt family, the castle, and its controversial renovations.

The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway New York Transit Musuem
Author: Vivian Heller
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.70
ArchitectureWeek— Published in honor of New York city subway's centennial, The City Beneath Us is an inside look at the design and construction of the New York subway system. The book includes 75 duotone and 40 black-and-white photographs made from 8 X 10 inch glass negatives that were reproduced from the collections of the New York Transit Museum. These images show construction techniques and details involved in creating the underground subway that is still used today.

Usonia, New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright
Author: Roland Reisley
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $26.94
ArchitectureWeek— A history of an idealistic, cooperative, and still-thriving community that developed in the middle of the 20th century with design and planning assistance from Frank Lloyd Wright, the outspoken master of the time.

Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City
Author: Neal Bascomb
Publisher: Doubleday
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $17.16
ArchitectureWeek— Chronicle of the 1920s race to build the world's tallest building, focusing on architects William Van Alen and Craig Severance, creators of New York City's Manhattan Company Building and the Chrysler Building.

New York's Pennsylvania Stations
Author: Hilary Ballon and Marilyn Jordan Taylor
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $38.68
ArchitectureWeek— The story of New York's Pennsylvania Station, from its construction (1902-1910) to its demolition in the 1960s, and the anticipation of a new station in 2003.

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