Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

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