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Is the "essence of New York" Langewiesche's unverified claims of WTC looting by firefighters, police and construction workers?...
It is according to The New York Society Library.
Call or email now to protest the jury's 2002 Award For Journalism for the American Ground Book.



  • Thursday, May 1, 2003

  • 5:30 p.m., Members' Room

The New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor current authors who have captured the essence of New York City. This year's jury members are Constance Rogers Roosevelt, chair; Barbara Cohen, Jules Cohn, Hope Cooke, Joan K. Davidson, Joshua B. Freeman, Christopher Gray, Roger Pasquier, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Jonathan Rosen, Daniel M. Rossner, and Wendy Wasserstein.
The ceremony and reception honors the award-winning authors and their publishers. Library members are cordially invited, but space is limited. Contact the Events Office at 212-288-6900 x230 or by April 24 to place a reservation.


  • American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

  • William Langewiesche

  • North Point Press

Photographic Evidence Proves:
Civilian Remains WERE given Flag-Drapped Ceremonials

©2002 Gary Suson Gary Suson was a WTC photographer and eyewitness. Read his book, REQUIEM, Barnes and Noble Books, 2002. "Reverend Lyndon Harris stands with FDNY B.C. Chief Steve Zaderiko as he prays with firefighters and construction workers over flag-draped civilian remains".Read Langewiesche's quote, above right;

One of Many Langewiesche's Factual Errors: (see photo on left) "These tensions flared especially over the differing treatment of human remains – on the one extreme, the elaborate flag-draped ceremonials that the firemen accorded their own dead, and on the other, the jaded ‘bag ‘em and tag ‘em’ approach that they took to civilians." William Langewiesche, American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center, Farrar Straus, 2002 (p.70)

See more published photos by Gary Suson that dramatically illustrate that Langewiesche's statement (above) is factually incorrect.

Dozens of Clergy Testify As Eyewitnesses...
Langewiesche's Facts are Wrong.

  • "Chaplains, clergy, from all different faiths, we see that each body, and each body part, was treated with equal reverence and respect. How dare Mr. Langewiesche say otherwise.”
    Father Brian Jordan of St. Francis of
    Assisi Church speak.
    NY1 News Feb. 05, 2003.

  • "Fire Department of New York Chaplain Christopher Kennan, who worked at ground zero, disputed those allegations. All remains found at ground zero, he said, were prayed over, placed on stretchers, draped in American flags and escorted out of the ruins with an honor guard."
    by Chaka Ferguson. (AP) Newsday Feb. 25, 2003.

    Click here to read full story

NEWS REPORTS from Feb. 25th and 26th Protests.
Snatched from the Jaws of Victory...
Langewiesche's American Ground Fails To Win Major Book Prize

Study of genocide wins book award Surprise choice by critics beats out best-seller on World Trade Center

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 27, 2003.

Ian McEwan's bestselling "Atonement" wins book critics prize Hillel Italie, AP National Writer, 17:40 PST New York (AP), Feb. 26, 2003.

FDNY cheers as WTC book denied honor
NY Daily News, Feb. 27, 2003.

Firefighter Protests Teach Kids To Think

New York Regents Curriculum Committee is using the Firefighters protest of Langewiesche's book as a study in critical thinking for high school students.

1. Excerpt of Lesson Plan 11...

2. Read Excerpt of Article...

3. Take Test Yourself !- See example of Multiple Choice Quiz...

4. Do Crossword Puzzle...