City Of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, And 9/11 (paperback)

Paperback | August 13, 2010

byAnthony Depalma

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In City of Dust, Anthony DePalma offers the first full accounting of one of the gravest environmental catastrophes in United States history. 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?, 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.

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In City of Dust, Anthony DePalma offers the first full accounting of one of the gravest environmental catastrophes in United States history. 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 li...

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"Part chronicle of tragedy and heroism, part detective story, and part legal thriller, this book offers a comprehensive and fearless account of the environmental aftermath of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and the public health consequences of the worst environmental disaster in New York City’s history.” Eric A...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:August 13, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0134172221

ISBN - 13:9780134172224

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     x

About the Author     xi

 

Part I: Catastrophe

Introduction     3

Chapter 1        All That We Hold Dear     9

Chapter 2        Optimism or Arrogance?     27

Chapter 3        Significant Chaos     43

 

Part II: Disease

Chapter 4        Raising Doubts     65

Chapter 5        A Gathering Storm     81

Chapter 6        Building a Science     99

Chapter 7        It’s Not the Dying     117

Chapter 8        Life and Dust     145

 

Part III: Doubt

Chapter 9        Such Money Grubbers as These     171

Chapter 10      Degrees of Certitude     191

Chapter 11      Beyond Doubt     209

Chapter 12      Assaulting Uncertainty     239

Chapter 13      Science on Trial     261

 

Part IV: Reality

Chapter 14      Missed Opportunities     287

Chapter 15      Afterclap     299

Epilogue     317

Index     329

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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."