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To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

By Philippe Petit

An artist of the air re-creates his six-year plot to drag off an act of incomparable good looks and imagination

One late-summer day, a feat of incredible audacity used to be perpetrated at the dual towers of the realm alternate middle. The yr was once 1974. 100000 humans collected at the floor to observe in awe as twenty-four-year-old excessive cord artist Philippe Petit made 8 crossings among the all-but-completed towers, 440 yards above the earth, over the process approximately an hour.

Petit's fulfillment made headlines around the globe. but few who observed or heard approximately it discovered that it used to be the success of a dream he had nurtured for 6 years, rekindling it whenever it used to be at risk of expiring. His accomplices have been a motley workforce of foreigners and americans, who below Petit's course had conpired, connived, worked, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make attainable an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry.

In this visually and verbally wonderful booklet, Petit tells for the 1st time the dramatic tale of this history-making stroll, from perception and clandestine making plans to the functionality and its aftermath. The account attracts on Petit's journals, which trap every little thing from his budgets to his innovations for rigging a excessive cord at the hours of darkness among of the main safe towers on this planet. it's lively through pictures taken by means of of Petit's collaborators, and via his personal splendidly evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.

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