From the ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from the Empire State Building to the soon-to-be-completed 450-meter Petronas Towers in Malaysia, a comprehensive history of humankind's continuing urge to build ever higher. Fascinating and entertaining text and magnificent, towering, full-page photographs of 50 of the world's most innovative, stunning, and lofty skyscrapers. Facts at a glance for each building, with visual comparisons of relative heights. Features informative spreads on the technical developments of elevators, steel, glass, and other building materials, the growth of cities, and towers around the world. Unique 7.5" x 18" format. Printed on high-quality coated stock with nearly 200 black-and-white photos.