"As a builder of perhaps more skyscrapers than anyone, I know a lot about them; yet Neal’s book is very informative. This is a great and fascinating read for anyone interested in architecture, history, and New York City."
-Donald J. Trump
"Neal Bascomb’s HIGHER is a fascinating account of the bitter race between two 1930’s Manhattan architects to build the world’s tallest building and thereby set in place a significant part of the fabulous skyline that inspires us to this day. Full of intrigue, insider’s detail, and rich characterization, HIGHER is delicious history with a human face–a must-read primer on how THE city came to be."
-Les Standiford, author of The Last Train to Paradise.
"In Higher, Neal Bascomb has captured the very engaging human drama of architects and entrepreneurs scheming and competing to build the tallest skyscraper in New York–and in the world. Their legacies still stand proud, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings being among the greatest artistic and structural engineering achievements of all time."
-Henry Petroski, author of Engineers of Dreams
"Characters and buildings alike come vividly to life in Neal Bascomb’s account of ambition, greed and technical ingenuity during the Roaring Twenties. An enthralling tale, brilliantly told, of the greatest architectural adventure of the twentieth century."
-Ross King, author of Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s Dome
"The great race to build the world’s tallest building still continues in Asia, but nowhere was the gamble undertaken with such intense competition as New York in the twenties and thirties. Out of it came iconic structures that define the city’s profile and inspire generations of designers. Neal Bascomb’s exploration of the struggle for supremacy among the Chrysler, Empire State, and 40 Wall Street buildings reveals how strong personalities, powerful economic forces, and shifting design aesthetics influenced those who sought to dominate the sky in New York. In his compelling narrative each building comes to a different result, but their interdependence is compellingly documented and convincingly presented. Anyone interested in the three tall buildings that make New York special with want this book."
-Hugh Hardy, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates LLP