Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Neal Bascomb's HIGHER

Neal Bascomb's HIGHER

Review by Dennis D. McDonald

I’m about half way through. Right now, the initial construction of the Chrysler Building is being described, as well as all the intrigues — business and architectural — surrounding the race to build “the highest building.” 

So far there has been a bit more personal backstory about the main players and rivals than I really care about. What really fascinates me is the engineering and construction project details. As a project manager I’m fascinated with what it takes to plan and construct such major edifices.

After I finish this book I’ll put it right next to these other books on my shelf of favorites:

  • “GREAT BRIDGE : The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge,” by David McCullough
  • “Skyscraper: The Making of a Building,” by Karl Sabbagh
Jill Jonnes' EMPIRES OF LIGHT

Jill Jonnes' EMPIRES OF LIGHT

Herbert & Anderson's THE MACHINE CRUSADE