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It is faith that drives us to build, a belief that we cannot be limited by lack of nerve or airspace. But few, if any, buildings represent such a monumental leap of faith as the one from which our cover photo was taken: One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the work of 10,000 builders over eight years, tens of thousands of tons of concrete and glass and steel. Among the construction workers were men who were down on the pile after 9/11, helping with rescue and recovery efforts. Many stayed for days after the attacks, some for weeks. We follow their journey and explain what it took to raise the tallest tower in the Western world in this week’s cover story, a new Time book and our latest Red Border film, Rise.