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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Langewiesche Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9781402561658
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Noted author, war correspondent, and award-winning writer for the Atlantic Monthly, William Langewiesche furnishes a riveting firsthand account of the excavation of the World Trade Center ruins following its destruction on September 11, 2001. American Ground is an inspiring look at the often contentious mixture of personalities, politics, and emotions that fueled this massive effort. It is also a testament to American ingenuity in the aftermath of a great tragedy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/9/2014

    " Kind of a hard look at the "pile" of the WTC and the personalities that worked together or not to clear away the wreckage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/3/2014

    " so, this book was a bit boring in the beginning - describing in minute detail, the unbuilding of the world trade center. eventually, emotion was shown, and 'characters' were known. i guess i just didn't feel like reading about the world trade center... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/22/2013

    " The depth of inside reporting and the details of deconstruction at the site of the towers were gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Blaine | 12/20/2013

    " I originally read this book when it came out as a 3-part series in the Atlantic. Enthralling. We gave copies of this book to our parents and siblings for Christmas that year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/2/2013

    " Not a happy story, but one well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 11/22/2013

    " The only work of nonfiction about the day of and days that followed 9/11/01 that I'll ever need to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Studt | 7/5/2013

    " Very informative: a wholely different perspective from the press. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David LaVaque | 5/10/2013

    " Wonderful book about the aftermath of 9/11. I dare say this is the definitive book on the subject. Touching yet touchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 2/18/2013

    " If you like reading about the World Trade Center, you will appreciate this unsentimental look at the unbuilding process after 9-11. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George Andrews III | 12/30/2012

    " Very repetitive. Could have been half the length. If he mentioned the in-fighting between the fire department and the policy once he mentioned it a hundred times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/18/2012

    " Very interesting perspective on September 11th. This started as a series in The Atlantic Monthly and its expansion into a book is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loralee | 7/30/2012

    " One of the very best books on 9/11. It tells what really happened on the ground after the collapse. What heroes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KathyP | 3/17/2012

    " Excellent look at what it took to clean up the World Trade Center site after 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 2/12/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author does a great job of giving the reader an insider's view into the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks - the daunting task of deconstructing the ruins of the Twin Towers and the powerful emotional toll it took on the workers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/31/2011

    " Best article or book about 9/11 I've read. The story is told from the perspective of the very odd assortment of people tasked with cleaning up the WTC site. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/3/2011

    " Very informative: a wholely different perspective from the press. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/10/2011

    " I originally read this book when it came out as a 3-part series in the Atlantic. Enthralling. We gave copies of this book to our parents and siblings for Christmas that year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 9/20/2009

    " The only work of nonfiction about the day of and days that followed 9/11/01 that I'll ever need to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/14/2009

    " Best article or book about 9/11 I've read. The story is told from the perspective of the very odd assortment of people tasked with cleaning up the WTC site. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/25/2009

    " Kind of a hard look at the "pile" of the WTC and the personalities that worked together or not to clear away the wreckage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/15/2009

    " If you like reading about the World Trade Center, you will appreciate this unsentimental look at the unbuilding process after 9-11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 11/30/2008

    " Not a happy story, but one well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/14/2008

    " It can be very dry and analytical, but it’s a fascinating in that the author tells you about things that CNN didn’t. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KathyP | 1/31/2008

    " Excellent look at what it took to clean up the World Trade Center site after 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/14/2008

    " Very interesting perspective on September 11th. This started as a series in The Atlantic Monthly and its expansion into a book is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/24/2007

    " Wonderful book about the aftermath of 9/11. I dare say this is the definitive book on the subject. Touching yet touchy. "

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About the Author

William Langewiesche is the author of eight books, including Cutting for Sign, Sahara Unveiled, Inside the Sky, American Ground, and, most recently, Aloft: Thoughts on the Experience of Flight. He is currently an international editor for Vanity Fair and was for years a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, where he was nominated for eight consecutive National Magazine Awards.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.