The instant #1 New York Times bestseller. In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear -- and the stunning links between the past and present. September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive -- and escape? September 11, 2019, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz -- and put herself and her family in mortal danger? Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

Author Alan Gratz
Isbn 1338245775
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2021-02-02
Pages 336
Language English
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In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans came together in a way not seen for a generation, pledging unity to rebuild after the horrific loss of the Twin Towers. People were signing up to go to war; rescue workers were laboring to clear rubble. But instead of becoming a rallying symbol in the fight against terrorism, Ground Zero has been plagued by intense conflict and controversy from the very start. Battle for Ground Zero goes behind the scenes of this fight to rebuild, revealing how grieving families, commercial interests, and politicking bureaucrats clashed at every step of the way, confounding progress and infuriating the public. Since the fall of 2001, author Elizabeth Greenspan has been documenting the drama—conducting interviews with neighborhood residents, architects, officials, rescue workers, and victims' relatives, as well as key New York players like uber-developer Larry Silverstein, and Governor Pataki. Here she provides a warts-and-all look at this pivotal decade—from the bitter feuding between city officials and victims' families, to the endless controversy over the memorial design, to the fraught tenth anniversary, against a still-unfinished building. Battle for Ground Zero is an exhaustively researched reminder of how long it took to put a brave face on the horror of 9/11.

Author Elizabeth Greenspan
Isbn 1137365471
Genre History
Year 2013-08-20
Pages 288
Language English
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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments. This is Smith’s vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss had on their families and their companies. “It is,” says Smith, “the real and living history of the worst day in America since Pearl Harbor.” Written with drama and urgency, Report from Ground Zero honors the men and women who—in America’s darkest hours—redefined our understanding of courage.

Author Dennis Smith
Isbn 1101213159
Genre History
Year 2003-02-25
Pages 416
Language English
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It ranked among journalism’s finest hours. That is what was heard in the weeks following September 11, 2001. They made mistakes, of course, but in covering one of the biggest disasters ever to hit the United States, journalists used their training, their experience, their understanding, and their sensitivity to provide coverage that helped bring understanding and a sense of calm to the chaos. Their performance did not end with reporting the immediate impact of the catastrophe. They continued to analyze what happened, the impact to property and human lives, the impact on government and foreign relations. Lessons from Ground Zero’s examines journalism’s efforts to cover a crisis, while analyzing journalism itself. Many lessons were evident to journalists as they sought to cope with the challenges of covering 9/11. The long-term question, however, is whether the answers they found served as catalysts for better journalism in the future, or whether they have been forgotten, put into the closet of old memories with no noticeable long-term impact. This book analyzes journalists’ response to 9/11 through scholarly research and interviews with many of the journalists who covered 9/11. Sometimes they do not agree, but all are thoughtful and each adds to understanding. Public opinion polls show clearly that citizens appreciated and responded to media coverage. Given that this occurred in a time frame in which public approval of American journalism had declined, it is reasonable to ask what the media did that was different from their normal practices. This book provides some of the answers.

Author Ralph Izard,Jay Perkins
Isbn 1412844096
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Year 2011-12-31
Pages 156
Language English
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The destruction of the World Trade Center complex on 9/11 set in motion a chain of events that fundamentally transformed both the United States and the wider world. War has raged in the Middle East for a decade and a half, and Americans have become accustomed to surveillance, enhanced security, and periodic terrorist attacks. But the symbolic locus of the post-9/11 world has always been "Ground Zero"--the sixteen acres in Manhattan's financial district where the twin towers collapsed. While idealism dominated in the initial rebuilding phase, interest-group trench warfare soon ensued. Myriad battles involving all of the interests with a stake in that space-real estate interests, victims' families, politicians, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the federal government, community groups, architectural firms, and a panoply of ambitious entrepreneurs grasping for pieces of the pie-raged for over a decade, and nearly fifteen years later there are still loose ends that need resolution. In Power at Ground Zero, Lynne Sagalyn offers the definitive account of one of the greatest reconstruction projects in modern world history. Sagalyn is America's most eminent scholar of major urban reconstruction projects, and this is the culmination of over a decade of research. Both epic in scope and granular in detail, this is at base a classic New York story. Sagalyn has an extraordinary command over all of the actors and moving parts involved in the drama: the long parade of New York and New Jersey governors involved in the project, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, various Port Authority leaders, the ubiquitous real estate magnate Larry Silverstein, and architectural superstars like Santiago Calatrava and Daniel Libeskind. As she shows, political competition at the local, state, regional, and federal level along with vast sums of money drove every aspect of the planning process. But the reconstruction project was always about more than complex real estate deals and jockeying among local politicians. The symbolism of the reconstruction extended far beyond New York and was freighted with the twin tasks of symbolizing American resilience and projecting American power. As a result, every aspect was contested. As Sagalyn points out, while modern city building is often dismissed as cold-hearted and detached from meaning, the opposite was true at Ground Zero. Virtually every action was infused with symbolic significance and needed to be debated. The emotional dimension of 9/11 made this large-scale rebuilding effort unique; it supercharged the complexity of the rebuilding process with both sanctity and a truly unique politics. Covering all of this and more, Power at Ground Zero is sure to stand as the most important book ever written on the aftermath of arguably the most significant isolated event in the post-Cold War era.

Author Lynne B. Sagalyn
Isbn 0190607041
Genre Social Science
Year 2016-08-05
Pages 800
Language English
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Following the events of September 11, a new legal order is emerging in which the 'terrorist threat' has been used as justification to marginalise human rights. This collection of themed essays offers an emphatic defence to the threats confronting our human rights culture. In analysing the role of the United Nations, the conduct of the Afghan war, domestic anti-terrorist legislation and the new debate about Islamic law, Law after Ground Zero demonstrates the future challenges that law will face within our global society. It also offers accounts of how events have impacted on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iraq and Afghanistan itself, as well as debates about international law, human rights and women's rights. This unique work will interest those studying or researching in the areas of international law, human rights and humanitarian law, international relations, politics, critical legal studies, Islamic law, culture and socio-legal studies.

Author John Strawson
Isbn 113531165X
Genre Law
Year 2017-09-25
Pages 248
Language English
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Hours after two airplanes hit the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, Charlie Vitchers, a construction superintendent, and Bobby Gray, a crane operator, headed downtown. They knew their skills would be crucial amid the chaos and destruction after the towers fell. What they could not imagine -- and what they would soon discover -- was the enormity of the task at Ground Zero. Four hundred million pounds of steel; 600,000 square feet of broken glass; and 2,700 vertical feet of building had been reduced to a pile of burning debris covering sixteen acres. Charlie, Bobby, and hundreds of other construction workers, many of whom had helped to build the Twin Towers, were the only ones qualified to safely handle the devastation. Everyone working the site faced the looming danger of the collapse of the slurry wall protecting lower Manhattan from the waters of the Hudson River, the complexity of shifting tons of steel without losing additional lives, and the day-to-day challenge and emotional strain of recovering victims. Charlie Vitchers became the go-to guy for the hundreds of people and numerous agencies laboring to clean up Ground Zero. What he and Bobby Gray make dramatically evident is how the job of dismantling the remaining ruins and restoring order to the site was far more complex and dangerous than constructing the tallest buildings in the world. With stunning full-color photographs donated by Joel Meyerowitz -- a celebrated and award-winning artist and the only non-newsroom photographer allowed access to the site -- and first-person oral accounts of the tragedy from the morning of the attack to the Last Column ceremony, Nine Months at Ground Zero is a harrowing but ultimately redemptive story of forthright and heroic service.

Author Glenn Stout,Charles Vitchers,Robert Gray
Isbn 0743299205
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2006-04-25
Pages 272
Language English
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On September 11, 2001, a man drifts in a boat off lower Manhattan as the towers burn. He removes a small box from his pocket and presses a button. As he waits for the south tower to collapse, he thinks: The vast majority will blame the collapse on the crazy Arabs who hijacked the planes and the Islamic extremists who funded them—the obvious choice. A few will notice inconsistencies and point fingers elsewhere, blaming the government or Big Oil or some other powerful but faceless entity. No one—absolutely no one—will guess the truth behind the who and why of this day. Years later, someone does. Repairman Jack's childhood friend, Weezy Connell (the genius girl from the Tor Teen novel, Jack: Secret Histories), has started fitting together the pieces of the puzzle and anonymously posting her conclusions on the Web. But she can't stay anonymous forever. Someone is after her. Jack becomes involved in her troubles and in the paranoid mazes of the 9/11 Truth Movement, where conspiracy theories point in every direction. They're all wrong. The truth is stranger, darker, and more evil than anyone can imagine. It involves the cosmic shadow war into which Jack has been drafted. And if the plot behind it--millennia in the planning--succeeds, it will forever change life on this Earth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Author F. Paul Wilson
Isbn 9781429919890
Genre Fiction
Year 2009-09-15
Pages 368
Language English
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Here it is! The hugely anticipated follow-up to Gratz's NYT bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon REFUGEE. This is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war.

Author Alan Gratz
Isbn 1338245716
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2018-10-09
Pages 288
Language English
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Ground Zero: The center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity I carried her lifeless body out of a burning building. One that collapsed on top of us, forcing us to fight for survival. Where she gave her life so that I could live. That nightmare wasn’t the happy ending I thought I’d find in the flames. Turns out, it wasn’t our ending at all. It was the beginning of our story. The one where I fell in love without ever knowing her... Or the destruction she would thrust into my path.

Author April Canavan
Isbn
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-10-31
Pages 300
Language English
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'The world will never be the same!' How many times have human beings uttered this cry after a tragic event? This book analyzes how such emotive reactions impact on the way religion is understood, exploring theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock by focusing on reactions to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, the two World Wars and the Holocaust, the 2004 South-East Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It discusses themes such as the theodicy question, the function of religious discourse in the face of tragedy, and the relationship between religion and politics. The book explores the tension between religion's capacity to both cause and enhance the suffering and destruction surrounding historical tragedies, but also its potential to serve as a powerful resource for responding to such disasters. Analyzing this dialectic, it engages with the work of Slavoj Žižek, Karl Barth, Theodor Adorno, Emil Fackenheim and Rowan Williams, examining the role of belief, difficulties of overcoming the influence of ideology, and the significance of trust and humility.

Author Christopher Craig Brittain
Isbn 1441177957
Genre Religion
Year 2011-07-14
Pages 240
Language English
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“The Bravest” is a label of enormous respect. No higher level of respect can one identify with that of the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY). No greater leadership and traditional institution have I ever been a part of. I never envisioned how my life would virtually spin in so many directions in one year. The dramatic challenge that the FDNY has ahead leaves one breathless.

Author Russell Feliciano
Isbn 1638142645
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Year 2021-08-24
Pages 234
Language English
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Opines of a dogsbody Wrought of iron, set in stone: read the reader, wrote the writer what wreathe all that is ought and ought not: “Well now!” Thought one particularly ‘obsiescent’ and obdurate thought: “The reader having read? A witness and a poet am I not?” Crash bangedly: the thought randomly bumped around and about, among and amongst the company of so many others; many and varied, were the dazed and confused contemplation’s of they, them, and those: having somehow managed to survive intact thus far. Having survived, the aforementioned thought: adrift in a morass-like ocean of discordant imaginings; could only but wonder of the thoughts of so many, smashed and broken as they were: for thinking, as think they did: ‘Bloody hell’.

Author Jan Ulf
Isbn 0648747786
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-05-16
Pages N.A
Language English
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A Second Chance at Life On the sunny morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists murdered more than twenty-seven hundred people in an attack on New York City. Thousands died when a hijacked Boeing 767 slammed into Tower One of the World Trade Center. It was first blood. For Leslie Haskin, it was a second chance at life. This is the riveting account of Leslie's harrowing escape--down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power. The intervening months brought crippling mental and emotional distress, but from the rubble and ashes, the corporate climber rediscovered the faith of her childhood and now embraces a new life of serving others.

Author Leslie Haskin
Isbn 1441208119
Genre Religion
Year 2008-02-01
Pages 192
Language English
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Are you a victim, or do you live according to your personal choice? Failures, setbacks, and disappointments are strong enough to turn us meek, submissive, disoriented, frustrated, and to make us lead a compromised life with no identity. On the contrary, these situations can also be turned into an opportunity to introspect, rebel, revolt, discover, aspire, resolve, and leap towards a greater future. This is a memoir of my life’s journey of defying failures, unshackling limitations, and challenging the self to discover inner strengths through a systemic approach, in order to achieve numerous goals and propel into a future of choice. I am not a celebrity, but I am definitely a hero of my own life and I will cherish and leave a legacy.

Author Pavan Kumar
Isbn 1636337775
Genre Self-Help
Year 2021-03-06
Pages 134
Language English
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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments. This is Smith’s vivid account of the rescue efforts by the fire and police departments and emergency medical teams as they rushed to face a disaster that would claim thousands of lives. Smith takes readers inside the minds and lives of the rescuers at Ground Zero as he shares stories about these heroic individuals and the effect their loss had on their families and their companies. “It is,” says Smith, “the real and living history of the worst day in America since Pearl Harbor.” Written with drama and urgency, Report from Ground Zero honors the men and women who—in America’s darkest hours—redefined our understanding of courage.

Author Dennis Smith
Isbn 1101213159
Genre History
Year 2003-02-25
Pages 416
Language English
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An essential part of Christian orthodoxy is the belief that Jesus died at a particular point in human history. But it is not that Jesus died that has caused Christians to grapple with their understanding of faith; it is why he died that creates the struggle. For centuries Christian thinkers have wrestled with the concept of the atonement. How the death of Jesus would result in the reconciling of the world to God is no simple puzzle. Yet, this complex topic is often viewed through certain doctrinal filters that reduce the richness of the atonement into single concrete, culturally based images. The New Testament, however, offers multiple metaphors in describing the atoning work of God in Christ. Returning to the stories of the earliest witnesses to Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and ascension--the ground zero of our faith--offers the opportunity to suspend, if only briefly, our doctrinal preferences and step into the shoes of those who saw Jesus die and later return to them as their resurrected Lord. In doing so, we open the possibility of seeing the atonement with fresh eyes, recognizing the broad reach of God's love and learning to communicate that love in new ways.

Author Michael McNichols
Isbn 1610978978
Genre Religion
Year 2012-05-18
Pages 188
Language English
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"From personal interviews with chaplains at the temporary mortuary at Ground Zero and her own experiences as an Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and chaplain, Storm Swain offers a new model of pastoral care grounded in theology and practice. Reflecting on experiences of suffering faced in ministry, Swain considers what it means to love in these instances and what is involved in ministering in these contexts. Within this model, caregivers can move from a place of trauma to a place of transformation, which enables wholeness and healing for both caregivers and those for whom they care" -- Publisher description.

Author Storm Swain
Isbn 1451418604
Genre Religion
Year 2011-08
Pages 216
Language English
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On September 11, 2001, a man drifts in a boat off lower Manhattan as the towers burn. He removes a small box from his pocket and presses a button. As he waits for the south tower to collapse, he thinks: The vast majority will blame the collapse on the crazy Arabs who hijacked the planes and the Islamic extremists who funded them—the obvious choice. A few will notice inconsistencies and point fingers elsewhere, blaming the government or Big Oil or some other powerful but faceless entity. No one—absolutely no one—will guess the truth behind the who and why of this day. Years later, someone does. Repairman Jack's childhood friend, Weezy Connell (the genius girl from the Tor Teen novel, Jack: Secret Histories), has started fitting together the pieces of the puzzle and anonymously posting her conclusions on the Web. But she can't stay anonymous forever. Someone is after her. Jack becomes involved in her troubles and in the paranoid mazes of the 9/11 Truth Movement, where conspiracy theories point in every direction. They're all wrong. The truth is stranger, darker, and more evil than anyone can imagine. It involves the cosmic shadow war into which Jack has been drafted. And if the plot behind it--millennia in the planning--succeeds, it will forever change life on this Earth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Author F. Paul Wilson
Isbn 9781429919890
Genre Fiction
Year 2009-09-15
Pages 368
Language English
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Two days after the terrible attack against the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a union construction worker made a remarkable discovery within the ruins of World Trade Center 6. He saw a cross-like beam that stood on top of a heap of debris. He was stunned by its significance as were countless others after him. The purpose of this book is to trace the thirteen-year odyssey of this iconic cross from World Trade Center 6, to its position atop a concrete abutment within the World Trade Center during the recovery and rebuilding period, to the outside wall of St. Peters Roman Catholic Church across from Ground Zero and finally to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum where it remains today. The odyssey also includes a three-year legal battle whose appellate decision found that the Constitution of the United States does not preclude the presence of the Ground Zero cross within the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. This book is the authors personal memoir. He is a Franciscan priest who, through many uncertain days, was the unofficial guardian of the Ground Zero cross. The concurrent themes of the book treat spirituality, grief sharing, selfless sacrifice, architecture, church history, biblical theology, and litigation. The book tells the story of many obstacles transcended on the way to the triumph of the Ground Zero cross.

Author Brian J. Jordan
Isbn 1543418570
Genre Religion
Year 2017-05-12
Pages 128
Language English
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Amazing stories of how God triumphed in the lives of many who were devastated by 9/11.

Author Ray Giunta
Isbn 1418560804
Genre Religion
Year 2002-09-04
Pages 224
Language English
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Back TO GROUND Zero is a science fiction novel about the life and adventures of Antonio Corelli. After a devastating auto accident he was left in a state of depression. The accident, which took the life of his beloved wife of 50 years, destroyed his present world like an atomic bomb. He referred to the place of the accident as Ground Zero. His life as Antonio Corelli ended when faith brought him to the door steps of Doctor Roger Westfield. The doctor connected Antonio's brain to the super high tech computer that he had developed. With the high intellectual power that resulted they were able to transform Antonio into a young man with capabilities beyond normal men. Using these powers he experienced many strange and exciting adventures. His adventures came to an unusual and surprising conclusion when he returned to the place it all started. The place he called Ground Zero.

Author Angelo Thomas Crapanzano
Isbn 1640692983
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-05-31
Pages 374
Language English
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Presents a lively in-depth look at the efforts and struggles of the New York City Housing Partnership to build moderate and middle-income housing in New York City.

Author Charles J. Orlebeke
Isbn 1438436459
Genre Political Science
Year
Pages 267
Language English
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A Japanese filmmaker's journey--Masaaki Tanabe's house stood next door to what is now the A-Bomb Dome, a World Heritage Site. When he turned 60, he decided to devote the rest of his life to convey the truth of the A-bomb to a wider public, and his film was shown at UN Headquarters in New York. His cutting-edge digital images and stories recreate the lost community and culture of Hiroshima.

Author Masaaki Tanabe
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Introduction It was Glyphosate, and the advent of broad-acre prescription farming in the early 1980’s when all things old became new; what virgin handmaiden, beautiful and fair: the plow dreamed not dare touch, became whore and more. In Australia, what was 45 million hectares of land under cultivation in 1980: had become 100 million hectares by 2020. Of the resident mycorrhizal fungi mycelium and its remarkable ability to exclude foreign invasive weeds through its symbiotic relationship with its native pasture host; the multinational fertilizer and chemical companies and their front-of-house agronomists cared little. Of the incredibly carbon rich organic humus layer: an upfront cash crop bonanza for the farmers when it came to covering the costs of clearing and opening up new country; the multinationals, and every successive representative department of agriculture from 1980 onwards, cared even less. As with any new piece of ground, in three short years: the humus layer would be depleted. Having killed the mycorrhizal fungi mycelium in the process of wiping out the native pastures; it was with no means of turning back, the farmers: cap in hand, became slave to an ever-increasing reliance on artificial fertilizers and chemicals. At the start of the industrial revolution in 1760, the global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were 280ppm. By 1980, these same levels had increased to 340ppm. By 2020: it was with no end in sight, the carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere had increased a further 80ppm to 420ppm, their highest in over 800,000 years. By the 2020’s, in the autumns and winters: the sun would burn as if with deadly intent. With the advent of every spring, came an ant like feeling of being watched; whereon the element of intent became, successively: ever more tangible and ominous. In the summers: the ant like feeling would inevitably present as one of alarm and foreboding, as if the magnifying glass might suddenly come into focus at any moment. Choked in dust, bogged of sand: baked, and frozen; thus did all things great and small have cause to fail, and fall. Of winds of drought and fire: did 10 years of stratospheric dust and sand storms, and 4 years of 50 degree Category 5 summer hurricanes: target the naked heat and what remaining humus could be had of the 450 million hectares of Australia’s farm, and grazing lands for fuel. It was in mid June 2034 that temperatures fell to 65 degrees below zero Centigrade from one minute to the next.

Author Jan Ulf
Isbn 0648747719
Genre Science
Year 2021-04-25
Pages N.A
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The worst of days: Little green men may, or may not: among the trees of the forest, therein reside. That fact should wear lipstick, and fiction a dress: what then the truth? Stranger than fact or fiction is true, as blind eyes play and heretics burn: Such are the games little green men play. Timotei Leonid Spassky (12/25/49)

Author Jan Ulf
Isbn 0648747778
Genre Fiction
Year 2021-05-01
Pages N.A
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9/12 is the saga of the epic nine-year legal battle waged by William H. Groner against the City of New York and its contractors on behalf of the more than ten thousand first responders who became ill as a result of working on the Ground Zero cleanup. These first responders—like AT&T Disaster Relief head Gary Acker and New York Police Department detectives Candiace Baker, Thomas Ryan, and Mindy Hersh—rushed to Ground Zero and remained to work on the rescue and recovery mission, which lasted for the next nine months. Their selfless bravery and humanity were rewarded with horrible health issues resulting from the toxic stew of chemicals present in the dust and debris that government officials such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani and EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman had assured them was safe. Groner, a lead attorney in the mass tort litigation, fought for their illnesses to be acknowledged and for them to receive validation and closure, as well as for compensation—an eventual aggregate award of more than $800 million. As detailed in 9/12, the battle for the Ground Zero responders was waged not only in the courtroom but also in the press, in medical and scientific research centers, and among politicians at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as in the halls of Congress to pass the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. 9/12 weaves together Groner’s firsthand account with glimpses into the first responders’ lives as they try to understand and overcome their illnesses. The result is an intimate look into their battles—physical, mental, and legal—that will leave you cheering for these heroes who, in spite of everything, would do it all again. Told by Groner and journalist Tom Teicholz, 9/12 is the story of the brave public servants who showed up when their country needed them most, of their fight for redress, and of their victory in the face of the seemingly insurmountable.

Author William H. Groner,Tom Teicholz
Isbn 1640122672
Genre History
Year 2019-09-01
Pages 368
Language English
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‘The Tipping Point’ ‘One thing the early explorers, squatters, settlers, and selector’s diaries all had in common when describing the land and landscape of the new world in the early 19th century was the soil: “The consistency of peasy; the waggons would cut through it six and eight inches deep, or more”.’ ‘The early pioneers, were in fact describing the original carbon rich organic humus layer; or more correctly: the Mycorrhizal Fungi Mycelium. One hundred and fifty years later: with modern day broad acre cultivation techniques being employed on a never before seen, industrialized scale, an intact mycelium is a rarity; amounting to no more than a fraction of one percent of what is currently considered viable arable land. ‘ The ‘tipping point’, due to the advent of Glyphosate in the early 1970’s, resulted in modern farming techniques becoming the exclusive dominion of the multinational fertilizer, chemical, and machinery manufacturers’. ‘It is of no fault of the mycelium, that after 150 years of net nutrient removal by way of traditional grazing practices, and a total lack of respite from hoofed animal stock compaction: the bio-dynamically diverse insulating humus layer and native host pastures have degraded to be but a mere shadow, or facsimile of what they once were. Long gone are the days where the kangaroo and wallaby grasses, standing higher than the wagon wheels, brushed the saddles of the horses and the legs of their riders as they traversed the land’. ‘Nor is it of any fault of the mycelium, that today’s unimproved native pasture ground (what is left of it) is dominated by a plethora of low fertility native indicators such as spear grass and foreign invasive weeds, that are in their own right: a modern-day agronomist’s wet dream come true’. ‘Given soil organic levels are present and tested in the form of carbons, that in themselves: have taken from the beginning of time to achieve their current levels; and cultivation, by nature of its invasiveness: can completely oxidize those same stored carbons in the space of a few short years, the writing is on the wall: “Once the mycelium is lost to cultivation, no amount of cultivation is ever going to bring it back”.’ Following the devastating worldwide droughts of the 2020’s, and the apocalyptic global freeze that occurred in the 2030’s: the point of no return had been comprehensively breached.

Author Jan Ulf
Isbn 0648747743
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Year 2021-04-28
Pages N.A
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Omar Rivera, an office worker who is blind, and his guide dog, Salty, were on the 71st story of the World Trade Center’s North Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked two planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers. Omar’s coworkers raced to the stairway to escape the burning building. With chaos all around, Omar told his dog to guide him down the stairs. Would Salty be able to lead his owner to safety? In this book, young readers will meet the brave dogs that helped people during and after the deadly terrorist attack. From guide dogs that calmly led their owners to safety, to the 300 search-and-rescue dogs that used their powerful sense of smell to try to find survivors in the rubble, these incredible animals were part of the largest canine rescue operation in U.S. history. With true stories and full-color photographs of dogs working at Ground Zero, this book is sure to appeal to dog lovers everywhere.

Author Meish Goldish
Isbn 1617726435
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Year 2012-08-01
Pages 32
Language English
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When Surveyor-General Thomas Hutchins drove a stake into the ground to mark a “point of beginning” for the 1785 establishment of Seven Ranges of townships on the west bank of the Ohio River, he had to have sensed that he was initiating something larger than a survey. After all, he was working for the newly formed United States, and the purpose of his work was to impose a grid of ideal squares on hill country to make it ready for sale—something that had never been done before. But Hutchins couldn’t by any stretch of the imagination have known that the public survey system he was testing would soon extend all the way to the Pacific or that the land on which he worked would soon become the staging ground for other, similarly revolutionary innovations like strip mining, Pentecostalism, the gaming industry, and tools for emancipating multi-national corporations. In this book, Will Hoyt details the arrival and eventual impact of these eastern Ohio products, and by framing the story of their development within the story of his own decision to move from California to eastern Ohio, he secures a glimpse of our country’s DNA. Readers will close this book with a firm grasp of three things: the grandeur of the American project, the extent to which that project is now at risk, and what we all must do to ensure its survival.

Author Will Hoyt
Isbn 1725287358
Genre Religion
Year 2021-03-01
Pages 252
Language English
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Thomas Wolfe, Assistant Director of the FBI, has learned a secret organization of billionaires intends to detonate an atomic bomb during the president’s State of the Union Address and take over the United States. They’re called the Order, and they have infiltrated the government and the media as part of a plan that has been in the making for years. Tom is told to drop the case. He is then suspended and arrested but promptly escapes. He is branded a conspiracy nut and national fugitive, so he can no longer depend on using traditional methods for his investigation. He needs outside help, and this includes his brother John, who was placed in a maximum-security prison after trying to expose the Order. John might hold the key to stopping the Order, so Tom has to find a way to free his brother by breaking into a secure Homeland Security facility. Tom now travels a bizarre path where old friends become mortal enemies. The clock is ticking, especially as the Order hires assassins to kill Tom and his allies. The president must be saved, and with him, America, but how far is Tom willing to go to stop a nuclear blast?

Author Walt Branam
Isbn 1458222624
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-12-10
Pages 380
Language English
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"A fiendishly creepy ghost story."--Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Dust & Grim "Gross, sweet, exciting, and absolutely hide-under-the-covers terrifying, I loved it.”--Katherine Arden, bestselling author of Small Spaces A twisty, terrifying supernatural mystery about twelve-year-old Lily, her creepy new home in Florida, and the territorial ghost of the young girl who lived there before her. Lily Horne is a drama queen. It's helped her rise to stardom in the school play, but it's also landed her in trouble. Her parents warn her that Florida has to be different. It's a fresh start. No theatrics. But this time, the drama is coming for her. Her new house is a real nightmare. . . The pool is full of slime, the dock is rotten, and the swamp creeps closer every day. But worst of all, the house isn't empty . . . it's packed full of trash, memories, and, Lily begins to fear, the ghost of the girl who lived there before her. And whatever is waiting in the shadows wants to come out to play.

Author Delilah S. Dawson
Isbn 0593373243
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2021-08-10
Pages 256
Language English
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After the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch proclaimed that his staff would do more than confirm the victims’ identity. They would attempt to return to families every human body part larger than a thumbnail. As Jay D. Aronson shows, delivering on that promise proved to be a monumentally difficult task.

Author Jay D. Aronson
Isbn 0674972651
Genre Science
Year 2016-09-06
Pages 290
Language English
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As nature-based approaches for the mitigation of climate change are increasingly seen as part of the solution, blue carbon has recently been receiving greater international attention. This has stimulated renewed interest in better management, conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems including mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, tidal salt marshes, and seaweed beds for the purpose of climate change mitigation. However, a number of gaps still exist in our scientific knowledge on coastal biodiversity, which are critical to developing blue carbon projects for the international carbon market. The present book has focused on some of these important issues. Apart from standardizing ecological approach in estimating blue carbon in various vegetation compartments, the book also presents few important case studies (as annexure), which can serve as the basics of hand-on-scientific training in estimating the magnitude of stored carbon in mangroves, salt marsh, seagrass, seaweeds and phytoplankton. The influence of salinity, nutrients and several relevant hydrological parameters on the rate of blue carbon sequestration has also been critically analysed.

Author Abhijit Mitra
Isbn 8179935515
Genre Science
Year 2014-01-01
Pages 300
Language English
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The grounded Sci-Fi tale of two polar opposites who are forced to unite to survive in a violent post-cataclysmic world.

Author Mathieu Masmondet,Zhang Xiaoyu
Isbn 1594656754
Genre Comics & Graphic Novels
Year 2017-04-19
Pages 55
Language English
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IT HAPPENS EVERY 26,000 YEARS. Only a few ever survive. This time … No one will. That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies. Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he’s been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie’s destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves. Hero or villain? Charlie isn’t so sure anymore.

Author Al Stone
Isbn 0957001975
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2016-02-17
Pages 656
Language English
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Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to join the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. And then everything implodes. Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it, but the evidence is there -- Darius has been filmed making threats against his country, hinting at an upcoming deadly attack. Kamran's friends turn on him -- suddenly, in their eyes, he's a terrorist, too. Kamran knows it's up to him to clear his brother's name. In a race against time, Kamran must piece together a series of clues and codes that will lead him to Darius -- and the truth. But is it a truth Kamran is ready to face? And is he putting his own life at risk?

Author Alan Gratz
Isbn 0545695201
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2015-08-25
Pages 288
Language English
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A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.

Author Alan Gratz
Isbn 0545880874
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2017-07-25
Pages 352
Language English
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After ten years wandering the world, Agustinus Wibowo has finally come home. He is now forced to face a reality that he has always feared. His mother is on the brink of death, as cancer ravages her body. Not unlike Scherazade who reads through one thousand and one tales over as many nights, the traveller recounts his journey to his ailing mother, who has barely ever left their little village in Java, Indonesia. He talks about the illusory homeland of China, the holy Tibet, the spiritual Nepal, the dramatic India, the struggling Pakistan, and the surviving Afghanistan. And along with these stories, his mother nally nds a voice to recount her own life journey. Fragments of their lives come together, two distinctive roads spanning time and distance only to converge, to become a heart-wrenching tale of love and survival. “Relating his travels to his dying mother, Wibowo beautifully captures the bittersweet experience of solo travel. The excitement of discovery, the shadow of a changeling identity and the low-grade thrum of the road not taken combine to produce this lyrical journey through time and place.” –Elizabeth Pisani, author of Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

Author Agustinus Wibowo
Isbn 6020322475
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Year 2015-11-10
Pages 592
Language English
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This book provides a cross-sectoral, multi-scale assessment of different environmental problems via in-depth studies of the Indian subcontinent. Data collected from different ecosystems forms a strong foundation to explore the topics discussed in this book. The book investigates how mankind is presently under the appalling shadow of pollution, climate change, overpopulation and poverty. The continuing problem of pollution, loss of forests, disposal of solid waste, deterioration of environment, global warming and loss of biodiversity have made nations aware of environmental issues. Many countries are desperately trying to move away from this adverse situation through technological development and policy level approaches. Through a number of case studies the authors provide details of ground level observations of the most environmentally stressed regions in the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

Author Abhijit Mitra,Sufia Zaman
Isbn 3030491315
Genre Science
Year 2020-07-14
Pages 478
Language English
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