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City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11 (paperback)

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City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11 (paperback)


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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.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2011
    • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
    • Pages: 352
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-417222-1
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-417222-4

    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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    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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