Trade center historian
Angus Gillespie's book sees a surge in sales
Archived article from Sep 28, 2001
By Rochelle Runas
The last time Angus Kress Gillespie talked to Focus about his book "Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center," it was January 2000, and the book had just been published by Rutgers University Press.
Since the devastating destruction of these structures Sept. 11, Gillespie's book has been in great demand, rising to the top of the Hot 100 list on Amazon.com. "Twin Towers" chronicles the history of the World Trade Center from its beginnings in the late 1950s to its completion in 1973 to its status as both a prestigious business address and a popular tourist destination.
The book has also attracted media attention, and Gillespie has appeared on several talk shows and been cited in the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News and Associated Press stories, among others.
"I'm proud of the book," said Gillespie. "I think it contains a lot of useful information. But I am saddened by the circumstances that have drawn so much attention to it."
Rutgers University Press originally printed 3,000 copies of Gillespie's book, 2,000 of which were sold before the bombing. An additional 30,000 are now being printed, said Gillespie.