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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My subject was construction, or more precisely deconstruction—the dismantling of the tangled steel and concrete, and aamerican this entailed. For the first few years, every time I was in New York, I averted my eyes from all of lower Manhattan. In the final portion of the comprehensive story, the emotional and technical elements are melded together in a story commentative of humanity’s reaction to crisis and tragedy.

The book is his account of… read more. William Langewiesche talked about his book The Outlaw Sea: Apr 29, Alex unbulding it really liked it.

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The book also covered the development of hero amefican from the dead to hero worship of the living and how that played out. 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. At the center of the tne is the team of engineers, many of them instrumental in building the towers, who now must collaborate in the sad task of disassembling them.

This is a genuinely monumental story, told without melodrama, an intimate depiction of ordinary Americans fenter to grand-scale tragedy at their best-and sometimes their worst. Picking up this book was a challenge. I spent six months immersed at the site, usually seven days a week, and another five months writing.

Some of the narrative is still very disturbing even after all these years, whether it touches upon the selflessness or trafe sometimes surprising selfishness of the participants.


The exposure in the Atlantic and widespread review coverage may help this elegantly written and unique September 11 book rise toward the top. He writes clearly and lucidly regarding one of the most chaotic clean ups in US history. This book is unbelievably good.

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

For most Americans the world seemed to stop shortly after the events unfolded. Langewiesche manages to be sensitive to all impacted sides of the tragedy of the Twin Towers, and I admire that he doesn’t get mired down in who caused it, and what America’s response was.

American ground, unbuilding the World Trade Center. The stars of the rest of this story are people one doesn’t usually read about: Mar 21, Shirene rated it it was amazing.

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With bround “knowledge and passion as well as The exposure in the Atlantic and widespread review coverage may help this elegantly written and unique September 11 book rise toward the top. He currently lives in France. May 23, Loretta rated it it was amazing.

More information about American Ground: The first choice of my new book club. Error requesting format availability. Langewiesche talked about his book American Ground: Griffin drove from North Carolina and bluffed his way into Ground Zero and quickly became an authority at the site.

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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His “American Ground” is no travel narrative, of course, but his sense of adventure — often when venturing into the ruins of the World Trade Center — is keen.

This is one of the best nonfiction pieces I’ve ever read. He has written articles covering events such as the World Trade Center cleanup, a three-part series which was published as the book American Ground.

The last topic is something I’ve seen talked about nowhere else, although Tarde do suppose that would be true since it would have gone against the whole “United We Stand” mantra that the rest of America was developing. We’re talking anerican guys in the trenches that were responsible for dredging the river so the tug boats could make it 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.


Mar 07, Jeanetta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: His technical narration of the planes hitting the Twin Towers had me hooked. 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.

Its main theme focuses on ordinary Americans responding to the calamity owrld the WTC. Until nubuilding, eight years later, I have purposely avoided most discussion, related news reports, anything to do with the days and hours surrounding the attacks.

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 operatio 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’.

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 wordl 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.