By William Langewiesche
Chosen as the most effective books of 2002 via The big apple Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times
Within days after September eleven, 2001, William Langewiesche had secured specified, unrestricted, round the clock entry to the area exchange heart web site. American Ground is a journey of this extreme, ephemeral global and people who improvised the restoration attempt day-to-day, and within the strategy reinvented themselves, gaining knowledge of unknown strengths and weaknesses. In all of its aspects--emotionalism, impulsiveness, opportunism, territoriality, resourcefulness, and basic, cacophonous democracy--Langewiesche unearths the unbuilding to be uniquely American and oddly inspiring, a portrait of resilience and ingenuity within the face of catastrophe.
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