As a young wirewalker in France, Philippe Petit became fascinated by the as-yet unbuilt World Trade Center towers. He was determined to one day walk between them – without a harness, without a net, 1350 feet above the ground. What started as an obsession eventually developed into an intricate plan, as Petit and a crack team of accomplices spent eight months developing a bold strategy for their secret mission. Like professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the challenges they faced seemed insurmountable: bypassing WTC security, smuggling heavy equipment into and up the unfinished towers, somehow suspending and anchoring a wire between them – all without being caught. And if somehow they succeeded, the true test still awaited: Petit stepping alone onto the wire, the awe-struck city watching from below, his daring dream now a breathtaking reality.
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