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The Pentagon by Steve Vogel

Updated on September 21, 2007

Book Review

This may be considered a long book with its 500 pages, but I found it to be an easy read making it not feel very long. The book is written in a pretty easy to follow sequence of events from the first plans of the building to what to do with it after World War II to September 11, 2001, to the repairing the damage of the plane attack. I think the chapters are very well organized contributing to making the book easy to read. The history of the building is very interesting from the haste to build it to the surprisingly poor conditions the building was in to the speedy repairing of it after September 11, 2001. Throughout the book the author sets up the people as actual characters rather than just naming names. This is accomplished through presenting the people's backgrounds and personality. Sometimes the amount of background leaves you wondering if it relates at all to the Pentagon, such as the discussion of McShain's work on the Jefferson Memorial and Roosevelt's presidential library. For the most part this background comes around to how it relates to the Pentagon, such as McShain was shown to have a large role in building the Pentagon as a contractor. There are a few spots that the information seems that it should have been left out as being very off topic. There are also parts that are a little boring with it going into too much construction details, but this does not happen too often. Instead most parts contain great pieces of interesting information on the Pentagon throughout its history. Thus the Pentagon as a building become a well developed main character.

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