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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-09-09
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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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 at the World Trade Center. 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 controversy from the very start. Battle for Ground Zero goes behind the scenes of this fight to rebuild, revealing how grieving families, commercial interests, and politicking bureaucrats clashed at every step of the way, confounding progress and infuriating the public. Since the fall of 2001, author Elizabeth Greenspan has been documenting the drama in Lower Manhattan—conducting interviews with neighborhood residents, architects, officials, rescue workers, and victims' relatives, as well as key New York players like uber-developer Larry Silverstein, and Governor Pataki. Here she provides a warts-and-all look at this pivotal decade—from the bitter feuding between city officials and victims' families, to the endless controversy over the memorial design, to the fraught tenth anniversary, against a long-delayed opening. Battle for Ground Zero is an exhaustively researched reminder of how long it took to put a brave face on the horror of September 11.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Greenspan is a writer and urban anthropologist currently teaching at Harvard University. She writes regularly about Ground Zero for The Atlantic online. Her writing has also appeared in The Washington Post and The Harvard Review , among other publications, and she has worked for the Associated Press Rome Bureau, and National Journal magazine. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Act I: Visions and Visionaries
Chapter 1: People Come
Chapter 2: The Leaseholder and the Landowner
Chapter 3: Architects
Chapter 4: The Viewing Platform
Chapter 5: The Fence
Chapter 6: The People versus the Port Authority
Act II: Divisions and Delays
Chapter 7: Lady Liberty and the Freedom Tower
Chapter 8: Families
Chapter 9: The Memorial
Chapter 10: The Most Political Place
Chapter 11: Everything Stops
End Notes

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