New York: North Point Press, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. USED. As New. Very minor shelf wear. Clean, unmarked, tight. French Flaps. Color maps. Cream and black cloth boards with silver gilt lettering to spine. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. 314 pp. Item #15318
Within days after September 11, 2001, William Langewiesche had secured unique, unrestricted, round-the-clock access to the World Trade Center site. 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. 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.