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

In all of these aspects-its vociferousness, spontaneity, ingenuity, and fundamental democracy-Langewiesche reveals the story of the deconstruction to be uniquely Wrold, and harshly inspiring. This account follows the main players who rose to the occasion and took charge in the unbuilding of the WTC and presents the sense of urgency felt by all to recover as much as possible from the wreckage in the immediate days and weeks following the attack.

The most morbid part about this book is something that is present but wasn’t addressed in because it wasn’t an issue yet, the health problems that developed because of the conditions at ground zero after the attacks.

William Langewiesche talked about his book The Atomic Bazaar: Langewiesche also talked about the people involved unbuildnig the cleanup effort, such as David Griffin.

There’s also a frank account of the tensions between police and firefighters at Ground Zero. The second theme concerns the conflict and challenge of Terrorist planes 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.

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. With the “knowledge and passion a,erican well as Aug 12, Larry rated it it was amazing. He is currently the international correspondent for the magazine Vanity Fair, but made his name as a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine.


If anything I’ve written piques your interest at all, read some other Goodreads reviews; they are much better written and give a broader view of the book’s contents.

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Langewiesche walks through the cente standing buildings and describes how time stood still. The first section paints a unbuilcing picture of Ground Zero, beginning shortly after the collapse of the towers, and stretching through the first stages of the unbuilding. This book is unbelievably good.

And it was absurd for the living to group and rank them. Engineers, while being brilliant, do not know everything and this was a catastrophe of a hither-to-unknown magnitude.

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

I loved the map at the beginning to have a better understanding of where the buildings were and which were destroyed. Some of the images evoked will stay with you long after you close this rather small volume.

The first choice of my new book club. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The following items were successfully added. The language is refre This is one of the best nonfiction pieces I’ve ever read. Most fascinating, though, Langewiesche takes readers right inside the smoking Pile, as he joins workers on dangerous underground expeditions to see whether the slurry walls that keep out the Hudson will hold, or whether freon might be leaking from underground refrigerators.

This book will stick with me for a long time!

Feb 11, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Recommended to Jeanetta by: Discover what to read next. Refresh and try groune. The author of the book mentioned how the EPA and all the other enforcement present had guns, questioning why they would use them. Sep 11, Amy rated it really liked it. It reads very academic, but what great information. Return to Book Page. The people responsible for the WTC’s recovery operation represent Americans.

In the final portion of the comprehensive story, the emotional and technical elements are melded unbuioding in a story commentative of humanity’s reaction to crisis and tragedy.

From the first sentence of the book I was in tears, which continued for about a page and a half. It’s also interesting to see how responders reacted in versus this time around. Dec 20, William rated it liked it Shelves: The second yhe concerns the conflict and challenge of maintaining the dignity and reverence for the “American Ground” that represented the lives of close to 2, individuals.


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It’s interesting to see how fast politics between different factions police, fire department, construction companies came into play after the catastrophe. It’s to-the-point and factual, something that must have seemed a near impossible task due to the circumstances. This book is important for several reasons. Most fascinating, though, Langewiesche takes readers right inside the smoking Pile, as he joins workers on dangerous underground expeditions to thw whether the slurry walls that keep out the Hudson will hold, or whether freon might be leaking from underground refrigerators.

I nabbed it from a cenher cart of library books.

Your request has been submitted. In fact, I finished it in one sitting. 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. I read a bit of this in the Atlantic originally, and always meant to return to it but over time I lost track of the copies.

Where is the common ground? Paperbackpages. He has constructed an account that will endure against the events of September 11, as John Hersey’s Hiroshima stands in relation to August This is really an elegy to the structures themselves – a detailed, physical description of what happened to them, what Ground Zero was like for months afterward, and real portraits of the men and women who worked to clear the site.