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Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center Hardcover – August 20, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230341381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230341388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The tension between commerce and commemoration at the World Trade Center site is given a riveting narrative construction by urban anthropologist Greenspan. Among the many questions Greenspan addresses is how to recreate millions of square feet of commercial office space on a site that has become a national symbol of mourning and, in some quarters, rage. Within days of the disaster, plans to rebuild arose amid contrasting, often conflicting, attempts to define what the site represented, and what it should become. From disaster area to graveyard to tourist attraction to construction site, Greenspan utilizes years of reporting on Ground Zero for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications, to create an engrossing and evolving portrait of unrealized expectations and political gamesmanship. Constantly returning to the streets surrounding Ground Zero, Greenspan captures the mood of both New Yorkers and the nation, as devout attempts by those less affected to claim a piece of spiritual ownership of 9/11 transform into frat-boy antics of jingoistic posturing in some cases, and developers battle designers over memorial space, while politicians opportunistically hover. As One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) approaches completion, Greenspan's exactingly researched and artistically rendered reportage thoughtfully details its twisting journey upward. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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“Elizabeth Greenspan, an urban anthropologist, vividly recounts the dysfunctional process and controversies that put her favorite graffiti, “America the Re-build-iful,” to a grueling test that is only now about to be graded by the public… a valuable and highly accessible primer for everyone who wants to better understand how government works and why it does not.” — The New York Times

“Riveting... an engrossing and evolving portrait of unrealized expectations and political gamesmanship…Greenspan’s exactingly researched and artistically rendered reportage thoughtfully details its twisting journey upward.” —Publishers Weekly

"A must-read study of the power of democracy and shared memory to shape our public spaces." —Kirkus (Starred Review)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. on September 1, 2013
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A well written and balanced look at why ground zero has been such a melting pot of public opinion and public outcry. Author, Elizabeth Greenspan, looked at ground zero from all perspectives- from the local community to the land developers and politicians- to give you a comprehensive picture of what happened at the site and how it has evolved over the past 11 years. Battle for Ground Zero is a very interesting read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in New York City, 9/11 and/or ground zero.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn imboden on September 24, 2013
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Many of us, around the world, wondered why it took SO long to launch the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex. Battle for Ground Zero provides the answers, in a totally compelling twist-and-turn narrative of the politics, the finance and the social activism driving the process of rebuilding Ground Zero. I had expected it to be an interesting story, but I hadn’t anticipated that it would be a book difficult to put down. Engagingly written, it is a concise telling of the complex aftermath of 9/11 in Lower Manhattan. It is also a striking lesson in the way the world works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryjane Miller Scheibal on November 28, 2013
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Very well written book on the subject..I felt as if I was at "Ground Zero" in the days immediately following the attacks of 9-11-01..this book is a must read on the topic of the World Trade Center and its aftermath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry K. Youmans on October 2, 2013
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Battle for Ground Zero illustrates the complexities of creating, planning, and completing a project that is associated with the deepest of human feelings. It is remarkable that the author, Elizabeth Greenspan, skillfully investigates the feelings and proposed ideas from the families of the victims of 9-11. But how does one unravel the mix of humanity whereby each entity has their own ideas on how a project of this nature be completed? How was collaboration possible? The author, an Urban Anthropologist, Elizabeth Greenspan, demonstrates the component parts and pieces of this complex mixture. It is a good read.
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