More than a quarter-century before September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was immortalized by an act of unprecedented daring and beauty. In August 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit boldly - and illegally - fixed a rope between the tops of the still-young Twin Towers, a quarter mile off the ground. At daybreak, thousands of spectators gathered to watch in awe and adulation as he traversed the rope a full eight times in the course of an hour. In Man on Wire, Petit recounts the six years he spent preparing for this achievement. It is a fitting tribute to those lost-but-not-forgotten symbols of human aspiration - the Twin Towers.
With quick bursts of description and a quirky, poetic English, Philip Petit remembers how his dream of one man walking between the two World Trade Center towers became a reality transfixing millions. Bringing an adult's wisdom and authority to this recall of youthful romance and grand folly, Andrew Heyl reads Petit's memoir of the six years he pursued and planned and nurtured his vision. And when he lived it, early one morning in August of 1974, his most immediate reward for transfixing thousands on the ground and millions around the work by performing a quarter mile off the ground on 250 feet of one-inch braided steel cable was to be arrested and hauled off to see a psychiatrist.
"By evoking his youthful passion for the World Trade Center, Petit brings the towers' awesomeness back to life." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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