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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Bascomb Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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This riveting, true account of the 1929 race to build New York City's tallest skyscraper evokes the glory of an exciting time long past.

The Roaring Twenties were all about ambition, and New York embodied this mentality more than any other place in the world. In the spirit of the times, Walter Chrysler (of the Chrysler Building) and young financier George Ohrstrom (of the Manhattan Bank Building) competed to erect a structure that would reach to the skies. Behind it all were two brilliant architects, two men with a common past, but very different visions for the future.

Every bit as riveting as the best fiction, Higher takes fascinating characters and throws them into an extraordinary setting. The result is an unforgettable story filled with rich anecdotes and astounding feats. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/10/2014

    " This is great historical book! Many characters and important people whose names you will recongnize and learn a lot about. I really liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Moore | 12/29/2013

    " One of those books I had to buy after reading it. During the Depression, these two NY architects managed to battle for the rights to the world's tallest building. I'm a tortoise-like reader, and this was so gripping it took me only a few days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/23/2013

    " An awesome book if you are in to building and learning about NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 11/29/2013

    " The amazing story of the building of the Chrysler building and its unusual connections to Kansas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 11/26/2013

    " About NYC skyscrapers in the late 1800s/early 1920s. If you are interested in the subject, it is worth the read (but is still a slow, dense read). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Fuchs | 7/20/2013

    " A fantastic perspective on the building of skycrapers. Engrossintgly written and great reading for anyone interested in one way that Ne4w York became New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 6/17/2013

    " Totally terrific. Only problem: No index! Lots of great notes and sources, though, for anyone who wants to dig even deeper into the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/4/2013

    " Great book on early 20th century New York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 11/2/2012

    " Interesting portrait of a little-considered slice of history - the building of the first great skyscrapers in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 8/27/2012

    " Very interesting story of the coming of the skyscrapers to NYC and their methods of construction. Also details the chicanery that made the Chrysler Building the tallest for a brief period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/25/2012

    " Architecture + NYC are two of my favorite subjects, so I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenn Myers | 12/25/2011

    " Great book if you are interested in architecture, history or New York City. The race for the tallest building in the world is quite fascinating, especially considering the decade in which it occurred. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Nevius | 11/28/2011

    " I think Neal Bascomb makes an excellent case for the late '20s and early '30s in New York being one of the most interesting architecturally. The race to be "higher" that propelled the Chrysler, Manhattan Company, and ESB, is a captivating one and Bascomb tells the story well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/27/2011

    " Not bad so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 3/20/2011

    " Hard to imagine the world before skyscrapers but this book certainly conveys a different time. Good book if you like both architecture and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/2/2011

    " Very interesting story of the coming of the skyscrapers to NYC and their methods of construction. Also details the chicanery that made the Chrysler Building the tallest for a brief period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 10/11/2010

    " Audio 3.5
    This just gives the background and framework for Ayn Rand's books
    I enjoy any historical work that reads like a novel while teaching me about something "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 11/14/2009

    " About NYC skyscrapers in the late 1800s/early 1920s. If you are interested in the subject, it is worth the read (but is still a slow, dense read). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/12/2009

    " Great book on early 20th century New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 7/5/2009

    " The amazing story of the building of the Chrysler building and its unusual connections to Kansas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 5/25/2009

    " Hard to imagine the world before skyscrapers but this book certainly conveys a different time. Good book if you like both architecture and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 9/3/2008

    " I think Neal Bascomb makes an excellent case for the late '20s and early '30s in New York being one of the most interesting architecturally. The race to be "higher" that propelled the Chrysler, Manhattan Company, and ESB, is a captivating one and Bascomb tells the story well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 7/14/2008

    " Totally terrific. Only problem: No index! Lots of great notes and sources, though, for anyone who wants to dig even deeper into the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/29/2008

    " One of those books I had to buy after reading it. During the Depression, these two NY architects managed to battle for the rights to the world's tallest building. I'm a tortoise-like reader, and this was so gripping it took me only a few days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 3/27/2008

    " Interesting portrait of a little-considered slice of history - the building of the first great skyscrapers in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/12/2008

    " This is great historical book! Many characters and important people whose names you will recongnize and learn a lot about. I really liked it! "

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About the Author

Neal Bascomb has published a number of international and national bestsellers, including Higher, The Perfect Mile, Red Mutiny, and Hunting Eichmann. His books have been optioned for film, featured in several documentaries, and translated into ten languages. He has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.