Edward Berenson


On his book The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story

Cover Interview of May 06, 2012

A close-up

I hope browsers will look at the book’s prologue, since I open the story by describing an excursion to the Statue of Liberty, my first trip there since my 6th grade.

Our “mother of the harbor,” as Emma Lazarus called her, attracts more than three million visitors a year—but few of them are New Yorkers like me.  Those who take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and then climb to the top must endure security procedures far more rigorous than at any airport.  As I waited in the long security line snaking slowly toward the dock, I thought about what a choice terrorist target Lady Liberty would be and about the ways her symbolism has changed since the terrible attacks of ten years ago.  With the lower Manhattan skyline now cut low, the Statue of Liberty stands all the more prominently as the symbol of New York and gateway to the United States.