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The result is “American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center,” a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the World Trade Center. American Ground has ratings and 65 reviews. Mickey said: This is one of those books that you read at a feverish pace for a few days and then, when fi. In American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center, William Langewiesche describes in detail the cleanup and recovery at Ground Zero following the.

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American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

William Langewiesche talked about his book The Atomic Bazaar: This is the story of the deconstruction of the world trade center. 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.

This book will stick with me for a long time! But I also believed that the emotionalism surround the [World Trade Center] site, though at its origins genuine and necessary, had grown into something less healthy—an overindulgence, sustained by political forces and the media, that rather than serving as a catharsis only deepened the social anguish.

Langewiesche is not prolific but very multi-talented as a writer I particularly enjoyed his book “Sahara Unveiled: He gives information about individual people, and interesting facts about the pile itself. Mar 07, Jeanetta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It’s been somewhat controversial because of its unheroic depiction of a lot that happened on the site, but nothing felt disrespectful; it read to me like a journalistic report of a unique, tragic, and still inspiring ad hoc effort to take something back from the literally lethal rubble.

The jet fuel alone would not hav Very interesting book about how the destroyed World Trade Center was removed. Very interesting book about how the destroyed World Trade Center was removed. The autobiography of John Hope Franklinpublished by…. A stunning book that is completely impossible to put down for very long. This is a genuinely monumental story, told without melodrama, an intimate depiction of ordinary Americans reacting to grand-scale tragedy at their best-and sometimes their worst.

During the presentation, a group of more than New York City firefighters protested outside.

Thank you for using the catalog. For the first few years, every time I was in New Trxde, I averted my eyes from all of lower Manhattan.

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With the “knowledge and passion as well as Langewiesche also talked about the people involved in the cleanup effort, such as David Griffin. A demolition expert, Mr. Langewiesche had unrestricted access to Manhattan’s Ground Zero during the post-September 11 cleanup, and his triptych of articles originally published in the Atlantic Monthly takes readers through what became known to its denizens as the Pile, from the moment of destruction to the departure of the last truckload of rubble from the ruins a little less than nine months later.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And I thought that if American Ground was to have lasting value, readers should not be manipulated; they hte bring their own feelings and thoughts to the text.

With all due respect — the collective anguish is a healing process.

In American Ground, William Langewiesche brings us deep into the heart of the World Trade Center collapse site, and the process of recovery, with extraordinary depth, and incredible confidence, delivery the untold, powerful story of what is known as ‘The Unbuilding’.

Jul 14, Dan Morris rated it it was amazing.

Nov 23, 4: This is one of the best nonfiction pieces I’ve ever read. Through events, and struggles, we are introduced to the people who took part in this operation, and the near impossible task which lay before them. At the time I thought WL’s emotionless style was cold, but it’s not.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My subject was construction, or more precisely deconstruction—the dismantling of the tangled steel and concrete, and all this entailed. The hard work that took place to remove all the rubble and begin to move on.

There was an error while adding the following items. Your request has been submitted. He currently lives in France. Sep 17, Lynn rated it it was ok.

This is a genuinely monumental story, told without melodrama, an intimate depiction of ordinary Americans reacting to grand-scale tragedy at their best—and sometimes their worst. More By and About This Author. A less emotional, more analytical look at all that happened at the World Trade Center site after the towers fell — but no less grouhd. This is one of my favorite books ever.

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He writes clearly and lucidly regarding one of the most chaotic clean ups in US history. A Journey Across the Desert”. One such outsize personality is David Griffin, a demolition expert who drove up from North Carolina, bluffed his way onto the restricted site, and quickly wound up in a position of authority. 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.

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American Ground is a tour of the interlocking circles of this Dantesque world. And it was absurd for the living to group and rank them. One such outsize personality is David Griffin, a demolition expert who drove up from North Carolina, bluffed his way onto the restricted site, and quickly wound up in a position of authority. Publisher’s Weekly Review Langewiesche had unrestricted access to Manhattan’s Ground Zero during the post-September 11 cleanup, and his triptych of articles originally published in the Atlantic Monthly takes readers through what became known to its denizens as the Pile, from the moment of destruction to the departure of the last truckload of rubble from the ruins a little less than nine months later.

Langewiesche walks through the partially standing buildings and describes how time stood still.

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We’re talking the guys in the trenches that were responsible for dredging the river so the tug boats could make aorld out, deciding how to dismantle it without flooding NYC, who was in charge, how the contracts were doled out, the role of the Mayor and much more. Terrorist thhe plunging into the World Trade Center, workers trapped in the inferno, people jumping to their deaths, and the Towers collapsing are scenes etched in our memories. Many insights into the structural damage to the Twin Towers and adjacent buildings as well as the underground systems needing exploration in order to move ahead with clean-up and preparations to rebuild.

To ask other readers questions about American Groundplease sign up. Langewiesche does not shy away from writing of the conflicts that occurred amongst the various groups wo A less emotional, more analytical look at all that happened at the World Trade Center site after the towers fell — but no less compelling.