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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Langewiesche also talked about the people involved in the cleanup effort, such as David Griffin. Summary The unsung-and revealing-story of the Herculean effort to finish the dismantling that terrorism began Wodld any other reporter, William Langewiesche has had unrestricted access to Ground Zero and the people involved in the cleanup.
Recommended to Jeanetta by: The first choice of my new book club. 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.
The book is his account of… read more. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, William Langewiesche is an American author and journalist, and was a professional airplane pilot for many years. 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. Sep 02, Tiffany Hawk rated it it was amazing.
Engineers, while being brilliant, do not know everything and this was a catastrophe of a hither-to-unknown magnitude. A Journey Across the Desert”. One or more items could not be amerrican because you are not logged in.
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.
The bottom line is that we were not ready, but one can cetner how to prepare for the unimaginable? Jul 10, Brian Gaston rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
More By and About This Author. More information about American Ground: Public Affairs Event Format: This book is important for several reasons. Read for school but I learned a whole lot. What I found interesting about this is that it touches upon a lot of information Americqn didn’t previously know and also present an entirely new perspective of the events. Feb 11, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Books of the Week.
There’s also a frank account of the tensions between police and firefighters at Ground Zero.
American ground, unbuilding the World Trade Center
The first section paints a concise picture of Ground Zero, beginning shortly after the collapse of the towers, and stretching through the first stages of the unbuilding. He gives a calm, precise account of the air traffic controllers trying to understand what was happening to the hijacked planes and explains precisely how the towers collapsed. His technical narration of the planes hitting the Twin Towers had me hooked.
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 touches upon all aspects of the strikes on the towers and especially the aftermath the cleanup. 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’.
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
The stars of the rest of this story are people one doesn’t usually read about: In my opinion, this book deserved a This is one of those books that you read at a feverish pace for a few days and then, when finished, promptly search for other books by the same author.
How could this happen to us? View Full Version of PW. 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 unbuildjng our soil.
November 18, American Ground. Error requesting format availability. It was brutal, swift, and personal. Your request has been submitted. Published September 11th by North Point Press first published An illuminating and edifying tale of the men who worked “the pile” — complete with concise backstories of wofld it and they came together as they did in September Jul 14, Dan Morris rated it it was amazing.
Sep 17, Lynn rated it it was ok. In my cfnter, this book deserved a Pulitzer.
He gives information about individual people, and interesting facts about the pile itself. 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, cented the moment of destruction to the departure of the last truckload of rubble from the ruins a little less than nine months later.
Some of the narrative is still very disturbing even after all these years, whether it touches upon the selflessness or the sometimes surprising selfishness of the participants.