One of five essential 9/11 books he tagged for the Los Angeles Times in 2011:
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche (2002).Read about another book on Ulin's list.
Originally serialized in the Atlantic, Langewiesche's inside account of the dismantling of the Trade Center site is a masterpiece of compression, a sober look at an emotionally loaded operation and a subtle rendering of the territorial battles between police, fire fighters and construction crews that were only heightened by the tragedy. Langewiesche was on the rubble from the beginning, and his observations — understated, reflective and insightful — remind us of the power of work to root us amid horror, as well as the courage involved in doing what needs to be done.
Check out my review of American Ground.