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The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon

The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon

(2008)
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The Pentagon has been called many things by many people, but to those who work there, directing the defense of the United States, it is simply "the Building." Monumental in its five-pointed symmetry, the massive five-sided, five-story structure encompasses over six million square feet of floor space and covers twenty-nine acres of formerly swampy ground.



There has always been much more to the Pentagon than concrete, limestone and steel. In The Pentagon, veteran defense writer and novelist David Alexander delivers the inside story on the people who have brought the Building to life, from army chief of staff General George Marshall and Secretary of War Henry Stimson, charged with creating a force that could defeat Germany and Japan, to the "whiz kids" brought to the Pentagon by Kennedy's Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara. Alexander's look down the corridors of power unfolds the modern history of the American defense establishment, its personalities and politics, and the evolving role that the Pentagon has played in our national security.



From its initial design to its restoration after the attack of 9/11, this book tells the story of the Pentagon as it is inextricably linked to the story of American power and strength.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon
Author(s): David Alexander
ISBN: 0-7603-2087-X / 978-0-7603-2087-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zenith Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Building: A Biography of the Pentagon: The People, the Building, the Mission
Author(s): David Alexander
Publisher: Zenith Press
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