Online Extra: A Guide to September 11 Reading

From the building and unbuilding of the World Trade Center to oral histories from those who were there and at the Pentagon that day

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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