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Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center

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In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans came together in a way not seen for a generation, pledging unity to rebuild after the horrific loss of the Twin Towers. People were signing up to go to war; rescue workers were laboring to clear rubble. But instead of becoming a rallying symbol in the fight against terrorism, Ground Zero has been plagued by intense conflict and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Cameron Rass
This one of those books that can tear you apart. The viewpoints of the family’s that have victims in the terrorist attack, want what any person would like peace and grieving. When I was reading this I thought of books I read about the Titanic. How when technology was able to go to the deepest parts of the sea to explore the ship. Many people believe that this was the final resting place of all the people lost that night. I can also see the other part of the story where we can't forget the past. ...more
Gail
Aug 26, 2016 Gail rated it liked it
The battle over what would be built at Ground Zero had many constituencies, from some of the families of victims who wanted nothing but a memorial to some interests who would put the past behind us and carry on with business as usual.

I don't live in NYC and hadn't followed the controversy closely, but I had wondered just why it was taking so long to get something built. This book presented the 10 years between 9/11/01 and the opening of the memorial with remarkable clarity and brevity. The relev
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Glen
Sep 18, 2013 Glen rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Firstreads drawing.

It's a rather strange book. Not really a history book, nor really a political science book. While there's a lot scholarly work involved, it often seems like it was more about Greenspan's notions than what actually happened. Her biases are evident throughout the book. Also, there is nothing about tower 7, which I found a bit odd, as she included the thought of conspiracy theorists, and that tower is at the center of most of them.

Some parts were mo
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Rob
Nov 01, 2013 Rob rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This was a free book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Overall, the author does a good job taking all the differing positions on the development of the post-9/11 World Trade Center site and melding them into one complex (and political) story, with all the bumps, delays, and detours along the way. Well written and fairly thorough. Though I have never been to NYC, much less to the WTC site, I, like many others, remember where I was and what I was doing when the planes hit and the buildings ...more
June
Nov 14, 2013 June rated it really liked it
So many of the NPR talk shows talked about this book, I felt that i had to read it, especially as my new commute to NYC takes me right by the WTC site as well as because AIChE's new landlord is Silverstein. I enjoyed this book tremendously as it was well researched and well written. The story of the original site I knew, as I watched the WTC being build as I grew up. But the fight for grand zero was not a story I knew, and it was fascinating
Joyce Yanney
Authors research of how Americans came together to rebuild the twin towers. Elizabeth Greenspan since 2001 has been interviewing people. Feuding going on between officials and victims of families. Feuding over the design of the memorial. 10th anniversary finds it unfinished, publishing as memorial is completed. A reminder of the time it took to put a face on horror of 9/11. A good read. Recommend this book.
Lisa
Nov 08, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: cityterm
This book is explicitly not about the attacks of 9/11, but about the built (and social) environment that emerged afterwards. It could be hard to be engaged by a saga of planning and construction, but it was engaging. There are many many lessons to be learned from 9/11, but Greenspan focuses on the ones about the physical environment. How do you rebuild? Who decides? Can it be a democratic process? What is the significance of space?
José
Feb 12, 2015 José rated it it was amazing
I was across the street when this tragedy happened and reading this book which is not about the events but the drama that occurred after with all the different politics that went on while deciding what to do with Ground Zero. Very interesting read and will let you into a world that can be just as disturbing when dealing with the aftermath of such a type of event, would re-read.
Phil
Nov 06, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
A must read, for the many of us who just loosely followed along the controversies and stops and starts of the ground zero redevelopment. The balance between memorial and redevelopment at times was far from reconciled. This documents all sides of a story at the heart of America.
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