A powerful first-hand account of the many generations and ethnic
groups of men who have built America's skyscrapers.
From the early days of steel construction in Chicago, through
the great boom years of New York city ironwork, and up through the
present, High Steel follows the trajectory of careers inextricably
linked to both great accomplishment and catastrophic disaster.
The personal stories reveal the lives of ironworkers and the
dangers they face as they walk across the windswept, swaying
summits of tomorrow's skyscrapers, balanced on steel girders
sometimes only six inches wide. Rasenberger explores both the
greatest accomplishments of ironwork--the vaulting bridges and
towers that define America's skyline--and the deadliest disasters,
such as the Quebec Bridge Collapse of 1907, when 75 ironworkers,
including 33 Mohawk Indians, fell to their deaths. High Steel is an
accessible, thrilling, and vertiginous portrait of the lives of
some of our most brave yet unrecognized men.
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