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Online Extra: A Guide to September 11 Reading

Bookstore shelves are groaning with scores of titles on Americans' experiences during and after the events of September 11, 2001. Here's a list of some of the volumes, as compiled by BusinessWeek Books editor Hardy Green:

Books with a Business Angle

Men of Steel: The Story of the Family That Built the World Trade Center by Karl Koch III with Richard Firstman (Crown, $25)

Written by the grandson of the man whose company constructed the World Trade Center, this is a family memoir, an account of construction work on various projects -- including the WTC -- and a reflection on why the towers collapsed.

Triumph Over Tragedy: September 11 and the Rebirth of a Business by John Duffy and Mary Schaeffer (Wiley, $24.95)

The chairman and CEO of investment banker Keefe, Bruyette & Woods describes the horror of the day and the rebuilding of a firm that lost one-third of its staff.

Other Books

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center by William Langewiesche (North Point Press, $23)

An account of the recovery effort, describing the mechanics of collapse, persistent fires, and the risky search for survivors, by an Atlantic Monthly correspondent.

Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 & the Passengers & Crew Who Fought Back by Jere Longman (Harper Collins, $24.95)

A New York Times reporter's reconstruction of what likely took place aboard the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.

Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center by Richard Picciotto with Daniel Paisner (Berkley, $24.95)

How this fire chief lived through burial in the rubble of the WTC's North Tower.

Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by Mitchell Fink and Lois Mathias (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $24.95)

A collection of personal accounts by those who narrowly escaped, rescue workers, eyewitnesses, and others.

Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001 From Jihad to Ground Zero by Richard Bernstein and the staff of The New York Times (Times Books, $25)

Drawn from Times coverage, a narrative that details the terrorists' deeds and the experiences of their American targets.

Report From Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at The World Trade Center by Dennis Smith (Viking, $24.95)

A compilation of emergency workers' firsthand stories of the day and of the aftermath, by a retired firefighter.

September 11: An Oral History by Dean E. Murphy (Doubleday, $22.95)

Tales by eyewitnesses who were present at the WTC and the Pentagon.

Strong of Heart: Life and Death in the Fire Department of New York by Thomas Von Essen (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $25.95)

The fire commissioner's story.

What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001--In Words, Pictures, and Video by CBS News, Introduction by Dan Rather (Simon & Schuster, 29.95)

A compilation of news reports and photos, along with a DVD of the TV network's coverage.

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