City of Dust

City of Dust“Part chronicle of tragedy and heroism, part detective story, and part legal thriller, this book is the most comprehensive and fearless account of the environmental aftermath of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, and the public health consequences of the worst environmental disaster in New York City’s history.”
Eric A. Goldstein, New York City Environment Director, and Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council.

City of Dust delivers what is so often missing from 9/11 coverage–deep, careful, clear, fair reporting that separates fact from fiction. But DePalma also rouses the reader to indignation over the shortcomings of a system that, nearly a decade after the collapse of the World Trade Center, still hasn’t done right by responders and residents whose health was destroyed by the poisons they breathed.
Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One

“For anyone concerned about the long-term health effects of 9/11 — or for that matter about the bungled handling of disasters in general — this book is essential. Thoroughly researched, well-written, passionate, it’s the final word on what should be done and should not be done.”
John Darnton, author of Black and White and Dead All Over, and Neanderthal.

After 9/11, when the truth was shockingly hard to come by, Anthony DePalma never settled. With careful reporting and masterful storytelling, City of Dust is the essential guide across the heavily contested terrain of environmental safety and medical care for those who served at Ground Zero. Lies are toxic. This book is the antidote.
Jim Dwyer, author, with Kevin Flynn, of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

City of Dust is the most complete account of the 9/11 and its aftermath yet written. City of Dust is a must read for anyone involved in emergency preparedness and response, or in environmental safety and health, for students of government and politics, or for the general reader who wants to understand more about the tragic aftermath of 9/11.

Much has been written about what led up to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, as well as what happened on the terrible day of September 11th. Until City of Dust, though, no writer has told the complete a story of the tragic aftermath of 9/11 on the health and well-being of thousands of World Trade Center responders, cleanup workers and community residents. Finally, a writer has chronicled in detail what these responders and residents have lived with for nearly ten years—the loss of good health, the inability earn a living, the ever-present worry about developing cancer in the future and the difficulties in obtaining appropriate compensation for what they lost.

Although DePalma’s subject is a difficult one, City of Dust weaves stories about responders’ heroic actions on 9/11, the persisting human health effects caused their response work, government decision-making then and now, medical detective work, and court cases into a very compelling and readable book.

For anyone who thinks that the tragic consequences of 9/11 ended in December of 2001 when the fires at Ground Zero were finally extinguished, I urge them to read City of Dust to learn of the continuing story of 9/11.
John Howard, M.D.
Coordinator, World Trade Center Health Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services