Man on Wire
Philippe Petit (Author)
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DescriptionMore 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.
November 17, 2008
6.1 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
PHILIPPE PETIT is Artist-In-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and has performed on the high wire more than eighty times around the world. He also street-juggles, lectures, and practices close-up magic. He is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Man on Wire.