Philippe Petit: Photo Matthew Bannister & Keith Bomely ©DBOX

Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit (b. 1949) is a French high-wire artist whose celebrated walk between the Twin Towers was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire and the feature film The Walk. He is also the author of Why Knot?, To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers, and Creativity: The Perfect Crime.

On the High Wire

Nonfiction by Philippe Petit

Translated by Paul Auster

In this poetic handbook, the world-famous high-wire artist Philippe Petit offers a window into the world of tightrope walking. Petit masterfully explains how preparation and self-control contributed to such feats as walking between the towers of Notre Dame and the World Trade Center. Addressing such topics as the rigging of the wire, the walker’s first steps, his salute and exercises, and the work of other renowned high-wire artists, Petit offers us a book about the ecstasy of conquering our fears and reaching for the stars.…
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