Within a day or two of September 11, 2001, the journalist William Langwiesche had made his way into the ruins of Ground Zero. He then spent many weeks in and around the devastation of the World Trade Centre; he witnessed those first attempts at rescue, and then the “unbuilding”: the taking down and hauling away of the terrible mess of cement, steel, bones, glass, dust, everything and everyone had been reduced to. There is nothing else like his account, first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and then as “American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center”.
I recommend the book enthusiastically. As a way into “American Ground” look at some excerpts from his original reporting in the Atlantic Monthly. Click here.