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The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York
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The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York (Hardback)

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The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the

world-built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy-and an era in New York

City it helped to frame

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an

ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly

constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April

1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of the North Tower, a new

restaurant called Windows on the World opened its doors-a glittering

sign that New York wasn't done just yet.

In The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World, journalist Tom

Roston tells the complete history of this incredible restaurant, from

its stunning $14-million opening to 9/11 and its tragic end. There are

stories of the people behind it, such as Joe Baum, the celebrated

restaurateur, who was said to be the only man who could outspend an

unlimited budget; the well-tipped waiters; and the cavalcade of famous

guests, as well as everyday people celebrating the key moments in their

lives. Roston also charts the changes in American food, from baroque and

theatrical to locally sourced and organic. Built on more than 200

original interviews, The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World is the story of New York City's restaurant culture and the quintessential American drive to succeed.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesFood & societyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culture Publisher: Abrams Publication Date: 10/09/2019 ISBN-13: 9781419737992  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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A journalist for over 20 years, Tom Roston worked at The Nation and Vanity Fair, and was a senior editor at Premiere for a decade. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and more. Roston writes about documentary films for He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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