The true story of the ongoing human health crisis
that followed 9/11 - now fully told for the first time.
- After 9/11: How clear medical risks were given short shrift, and
serious ongoing dangers were discounted in the rush to get New York
City back to work.
- Full and rich coverage of the human stories of this ongoing,
unfolding tragedy, and the scientific, government, and legal attempts
to provide justice for the victims.
- By the NY Times correspondent who covered Ground Zero for 4 years.
The destruction on 9/11 of two of the world's largest
buildings unleashed a vortex of dust and ash that blotted out the sun
and has distorted science, medicine and public policy ever since. The
likely dangers of 9/11's massive dust cloud were evident from the
beginning, yet thousands chose not to see. Why? As the sickening
results of exposure became evident, many still refused to recognize
them. Why? The consequences are still being tallied in the wasted
bodies and disrupted lives of thousands who gave their all when the
need was greatest, but whose demands for justice have been consumed by
years of politics and courtroom maneuvers. Why? In City of Dust
, Anthony DePalma
offers the first full accounting of one of the
gravest environmental catastrophes in United States history, separating
reality from myth - and doing so with exceptional literary style and
grace. DePalma covered Ground Zero for The New York Times for four
years. DePalma introduces heroic firefighters, dedicated doctors and
scientists, obsessive city officials, partisan politicians, aggressive
lawyers, and compassionate judges and reveals the individual decisions
that destroyed public trust, and the desperate attempts made to rebuild
it. The dust that was the World Trade Center has changed everything it
touched. This is the story of that dust, the 9/11 disaster after the
disaster, and what it tells us about ourselves and our future.
About The Author
Anthony DePalma is currently writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University. DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. After 9/11, he wrote many of the Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Portraits of Grief" and spent four years covering the environmental and health consequences of ground zero. A 2007 Emmy finalist for "Toxic Legacy," in 2009 he won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Prize for distinguished international reporting. DePalma's books include Here: A Biography of the New American Continent and The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times.
Reviewed By The Publisher
The World Trade Center’s destruction unleashed one of the gravest environmental catastrophes in U.S. history. Now, former NY Times Ground Zero reporter Anthony DePalma presents a full accounting of the disaster that followed 9/11. He separates myths from reality…reveals decisions that destroyed public trust…shares victims’ untold stories…and helps us ensure this never happens again.
Kirkus Reviews calls Anthony DePalma's City of Dust "An important story with broad ramifications." Natural Resources Defense Council calls City of Dust "Part chronicle of tragedy and heroism, part detective story and part legal thriller."