The Making of an Icon: The Gateway Arch
In this second edition of The Making of an Icon, Jim Merkel captures the spirit behind the conception and construction of one of America’s most distinctive and beloved national monuments. More than two million visitors stand in awe at the Gateway Arch each year, and the stories behind it were unearthed in breathless detail in the first edition. Back with even more lore, Merkel brings new information on the Arch grounds and museum to this updated and revised second edition. Now expanded, this second edition includes more stories and beautiful color photographs, compiled from interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and intrepid workers who built the Arch while one misstep away from a fatal fall. Merkel’s book will help us appreciate the relentless pursuit, innovation, and toil that raised the Arch to the sky. About the Author: Jim Merkel grew up in St. Louis, where he watched the progress of construction on the Gateway Arch with his father in the 1960s. He is the author of The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side, and Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis. He has appeared on KWMU, KDHX, and Fox 2’s News in the Morning, among other programs. For more information, visit www.jimmerkelthewriter.com.
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