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Who Owns the Dead?: The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero (Hardback)
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Who Owns the Dead?: The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero (Hardback)

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Hardback 290 Pages / Published: 23/09/2016
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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.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674971493
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 28 mm


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Elegantly written and richly researched, Who Owns the Dead? is an impressive work. Aronson carefully weaves together a set of distinctive and compelling stories that offers new insight into the ways America struggled with the task of recovering, identifying, and memorializing those who were murdered in the 9/11 attacks.--Edward Linenthal, author of The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
Who Owns the Dead? is both a meticulous and illuminating look at how the victims of national disasters are honored on a massive scale, and at how complicated the task of public memory is.--Michelle Anne Schingler"Foreword Reviews" (09/08/2016)
Aronson explores our commitment as a species to care for our dead through a beautifully written, intellectually serious, and deeply researched account of the emotionally, politically, and aesthetically fraught efforts to create the World Trade Center Memorial to the victims of 9/11. At the heart of his story are the dead of a sacralized space and their remains--fragmentary, many unidentified, so little in and of themselves--that collectively and name by name come to represent the contested meanings of an epochal event in modern history.--Thomas W. Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

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