PROLOGUE

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New York as the center of the world. John Bachmann, New York and Environs, 1859.

PART I – PREDICATE TO ACTION

Chapter 1: Compelling Civic Mandates

Chapter 2: Clashing Private Ambitions

Chapter 3: Commanding Political Opportunities

Chapter 4: Purse Power


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Still smoldering: a small portion of the scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the 9/11 attack. September 17, 2001. Eric J. Tilford/U.S. Navy Photo.

PART II – TANGLED START (2001 – 2004)

Chapter 5: “It’s Our City”

Chapter 6: “It’s Our Site”

Chapter 7: Who’s in Charge?

Chapter 8: A Master Plan Emerges

 


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April 28, 2003. New York Observer.

PART III – CHALLENGES TO THE PLAN (2005 – 2006)

Chapter 9: Open to Revision

Chapter 10: Imbroglio over Culture

Chapter 11: Memory Politics


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The winning design: Studio Daniel Liebskind’s Memory Foundations.

PART IV – POLITICAL PIVOT (2006 – 2007)

Chapter 12: Larry’s Quest

Chapter 13: Political Pivot

Chapter 14: The Squeeze

 


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Author Composite.

PART V – TROUBLED EXECUTION (2008-2010)

Chapter 17: “It’s a Construction Project Now”

Chapter 18: Stalemate Over Subsidy

Chapter 19: The Gains of Brinkmanship


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Construction workers installing steel reinforcing bars in preparation for a major concrete pour for the Freedom Tower, February 2009. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

PART VI – DELIVERANCE (2011 – 2016)

Chapter 20: Reckoning Anew

Chapter 21: Ambition and Legacy

 

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One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower), November 2015. Gary Hack

 


 
Epilogue, Dramatis Personae, Abbreviations, Select Chronology of the Rebuilding of the WTC site: 2001-2016, Note on Sources, Endnotes, Acknowledgements, Index