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.
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.