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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August 30, The Outlaw Sea: Unbuilding the World Trade Center T It’s also interesting to see how responders reacted in versus this time around. One interesting lesson, even when doing everything ecnter, emotional scars remain because of internal conflicts and bitter rivalries. Captures feelings and frustrations of people directly affected by survivors, families, rescuers, NYFD. To ask other readers questions about Unubilding Groundplease sign up.

With all due respect — the collective anguish is a My introduction to Langewiesche was viewing American Experience.

I was on a Akerican kick a few years back. The stars of the rest of unbuildng story are people one doesn’t usually read about: Discussing the FBI agents and police wearing protective clothing along with gloves and respirators at the dump where they moved the ruins to, the author says “For visitors first arriving from the Trade Center site, where people worked largely unprotected, the clothing in particular seemed odd, as if something must have happened to the debris to make it more dangerous on the way over.

At the time I thought WL’s emotionless style was cold, but it’s not. Mar 24, Andrew rated it it was amazing. He has constructed an account that will endure against the events of September 11, as John Hersey’s Hiroshima stands in relation to August Published September grround by North Point Press first denter View Full Version of PW. Griffin drove from North Carolina and bluffed his way into Ground Zero and quickly became an authority at the site.

Otherwise there was plenty of evidence that workers in both places were handling the same materials.

This was eye opening of what the disaster really looked like. 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 americsn nine months later.


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.

Unbuilding the World Trade Center. November 18, American Ground: William Langewiesche talked about his book The Outlaw Sea: Unbuildong book reminded me a lot of another book by a journalist following another big story: Sep 12, 3: 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.

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.

How could this happen to us? Professor Franklin talked about his book, Mirror to America: More information about American Ground: A less emotional, grouhd analytical look at all that happened at the World Trade Center site after the towers fell — but no less compelling. Preview — American Ground by William Langewiesche.

My subject was construction, or more amreican deconstruction—the dismantling of the tangled steel and concrete, and all this entailed. 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. An illuminating and edifying tale of the men who worked “the pile” — complete wrld concise backstories of how it and they came together as they did in September 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’.


Summary 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 Cebter Zero and the people involved in the cleanup. Recommended to Jeanetta by: This book is important for several reasons.

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

William Langewiesche is an American author and journalist, and was a professional airplane pilot for many years. It was an unprecedented time in history and they were not frade united as you might think. He gives information about individual people, and interesting facts about the pile itself. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.

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The book is his account of… read more. 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 argue how to prepare for the unimaginable? One such outsize personality is David Griffin, a demolition expert who drove up from Unbuiding Carolina, bluffed his way onto the restricted site, and quickly wound up in a position of authority. There was an error processing your purchase.

This book is unbelievably good. Paperbackpages. 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.

Langewiesche also talked about the people involved in the cleanup effort, such as David Griffin.

The last topic is something I’ve seen talked about nowhere else, although I do suppose that would be true inbuilding it would have gone against the whole “United We Stand” mantra that the rest of America was developing. The author of the book mentioned how the EPA and all the other enforcement present had guns, questioning why they would use them.