Thought this was interesting. Also a very American way of looking at it:
"There is some serious mythmaking here to be sure, as Langewiesche pushes his thesis that the site "was a turbulent and quarrelsome place, it was also courageous and creative, an authentic piece of American ground." In other words, the work at Ground Zero was the most American of endeavors -- manly, improvisational and democratic to the core -- a place where a good idea and a penchant for self-sacrifice created a true, brute meritocracy."
--Paul McLeary in a review of American Ground, a book about the infrastructural side and clean-up of 9/11