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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Americah to Read Currently Reading Read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It was an unprecedented time in history and they were not as united as you might think.

More information about American Ground: Langewiesche’s account is divided into three sections, each with it’s own distinct purpose in telling this story, and each is written in a way which allows us to peek with ease into the minds of the people who undertook the operation.

May 07, Fred Gumminger rated it it was amazing. Sep 02, Tiffany Hawk rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. 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 rhe involved in the cleanup.

Discover what to read next. The first choice of my new book unbuuilding.

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.


The exposure in the Atlantic and widespread review coverage may help this elegantly written and unique September 11 book rise toward the top. He is currently the international correspondent for the magazine Vanity Fair, but made his name as a cdnter correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine. How could this happen to us?

There was an error processing your purchase. 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. 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. He was embedded with the work force, the only americcan to be so situated, and he captures the personalities, challenges, and conflicts of the process.

This book reminded me a lot of another book by a journalist following another big story: This was eye opening of what the disaster really looked like. To ask other readers questions about Unbuklding Groundplease sign up.

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Both present an honest and in-depth picture of a national tragedy. The following items were successfully added. In fact, I finished it in one sitting. It’s interesting to see how fast politics between different factions police, fire department, geound companies came into play after the catastrophe.

The author of the book mentioned how the EPA and all the other enforcement present had guns, questioning why they would use them.


American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

From the first sentence of the book I was in tears, which continued for about a page and a half. 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. Professor Franklin talked about his book, Mirror to America: The book centr covered the development of hero worship from the dead to hero worship of the living and how that played out.

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.

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. More By and About This Author. Recommended to Jeanetta by: Captures feelings and frustrations of people directly affected by survivors, families, rescuers, NYFD. I was on a Langewiesche kick a few years back. He currently lives in France.

Picking up this book was a challenge. No trivia or quizzes yet.