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The unsung-and revealing-story of the Herculean effort to finish the dismantling that terrorism began

Unlike any other reporter, William Langewiesche has had unrestricted access to Ground Zero and the people involved in the cleanup. He has literally followed in the footsteps of engineers, "deconstruction" workers, firemen, and city officials as they tackle the mind-numbing task of bringing order to an instance of chaos unprecedented on our soil.

American Ground is a tour of the interlocking circles of this Dantesque world. With the "knowledge and passion as well as ...careful eloquence" for which his reportage is known (New York Times Book Review), Langewiesche anatomizes the physical details of the collapse and deconstruction, capturing in the process the contest of politics and personality that were its aftershock. At the center of the book is the team of engineers, many of them instrumental in building the towers, who now must collaborate in the sad task of disassembling them. Their responses are as dramatic and unpredictable as the shifting pile of rubble and the surrounding "slurry wall" that constantly threatens to collapse, potentially flooding a large part of underground Manhattan. They are also emotional and territorial, as firemen, police, widows, and officials attempt to claim the tragedy-and the difficult work of extracting the rubble and the thousands of dead buried there-as their own.

In all of these aspects-its vociferousness, spontaneity, ingenuity, and fundamental democracy-Langewiesche reveals the story of the deconstruction to be uniquely American, and harshly inspiring. He has constructed an account that will endure against the events of September 11, 2001 as John Hersey's Hiroshima stands in relation to August 1945.

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Selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times

Within days after September 11, 2001, William Langewiesche had secured unique, unrestricted, round-the-clock access to the World Trade Center site. American Ground is a tour of this intense, ephemeral world and those who improvised the recovery effort day by day, and in the process reinvented themselves, discovering unknown strengths and weaknesses. In all of its aspects--emotionalism, impulsiveness, opportunism, territoriality, resourcefulness, and fundamental, cacophonous democracy--Langewiesche reveals the unbuilding to be uniquely American and oddly inspiring, a portrait of resilience and ingenuity in the face of disaster.

About the Author

William Langewiesche is the author of three well-received books, Cutting For Sign, Sahara Unveiled, and Inside the Sky. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications.

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Erin, August 16, 2007 (view all comments by Erin)
William Langewiesche serves as a trustworthy guide through the emotional days and months after the World Trade Center attacks. The access he had to the site was pretty incredible -- reading the book is like seeing first-hand how decisions were made, how the necessary work got accomplished (not without personality clashes and conflict), and ultimately how people began to heal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865475823
Subtitle:
Unbuilding the World Trade Center
Author:
Langewiesche, William
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Structural engineering
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Skyscrapers
Subject:
Underground construction
Subject:
Wrecking
Subject:
Incident command systems.
Subject:
Construction and demolition debris
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks,
Subject:
POL037000
Subject:
HIS036070
Subject:
Political Freedom
Subject:
Security/Terrorism
Subject:
Terrorism
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
01-04
Publication Date:
20030911
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two Maps
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.49 x 0.635 in

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Selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times

Within days after September 11, 2001, William Langewiesche had secured unique, unrestricted, round-the-clock access to the World Trade Center site. American Ground is a tour of this intense, ephemeral world and those who improvised the recovery effort day by day, and in the process reinvented themselves, discovering unknown strengths and weaknesses. In all of its aspects--emotionalism, impulsiveness, opportunism, territoriality, resourcefulness, and fundamental, cacophonous democracy--Langewiesche reveals the unbuilding to be uniquely American and oddly inspiring, a portrait of resilience and ingenuity in the face of disaster.

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