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

Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11

By Anthony DePalma

FT Press, 9780131385665, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2010



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.

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." "