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Rezension: In Dust, Paul Lioy captures many watershed events following the attacks on September 11, 2001 through much of this decade. He does so in a way only a first-hand participant can. This is no ordinary journey. Dr. Lioy not only describes the events in vivid prose as only a impassioned New Yorker can, but also with the rigor of a world renowned researcher and seasoned educator. Dr. Lioy applies both sides of his brain to stitch a tapestry of emotion and reason, of reverence and objectivity, and of deconstruction and lessons learned. This important book is essential reading that will evoke discussion in the classroom, the boardroom and the living room, in the college seminar and in the church basement. Dr. Lioy's brilliant and eclectic career has prepared him for a book that reaches the scientist and the non-technical reader, alike. I hope and expect his insights and recommendations will be heeded. -- Daniel A. Vallero, Duke University, author of Fundamentals of Air Pollution, 4e Dr. Paul Lioy has made an important contribution to the literature of 9/11 with DUST for he convinces us that in addition to the horrendous loss of life in that attack on America there was also a more subtle but very definable environmental disaster inflicted upon us. All of the rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade Center knew that the air was toxic, but just how toxic it was has not been fully understood until this book, told in a language that is clear and understandable yet with the power of scientific credibility and Dr. Lioy's credentials. The people of New York, New Jersey and the workers at that tragic place will learn much about the air they were breathing while the world watched in shock. It may be too late for some who did their best that day and the succeeding days, but with DUST we now have a wake-up call about the way we prepare for future environmental disasters. -- Dennis Smith, retired NYC Firefighter and author of Report from Ground Zero Dust is an amazing recollection of the scientific issues surrounding exposures after 9/11. Dr. Lioy's firsthand involvement with these studies and his scientific expertise qualify him to write such a book. But the personal aspects he brings to the writing provides much perspective into what our nation was facing at the time. I highly recommend reading this book. -- Dana Boyd Barr, Ph.D., professor, Environmental Health and Chemistry, Emory University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology Striving for public education, Lioy achieves his purpose for readers interested in the health effects of 9/11. Booklist 20110201 Making a mass of scientific data accessible to the general reader and adding his personal insights, Lioy presents an evenhanded account of a complex subject. Recommended for readers interested in the environmental issues of 9/11 as well as academic and public libraries, especially those with collections in exposure science and emergency management. Library Journal 20110201 A sobering and realistic assessment of the environmental consequences of 9/11 by one of the nation's leading experts. This authoritative work will inform decisions on the management of major disasters for years to come. -- Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine Dust: The Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11th Aftermath provides a first-hand account of this country's response to the environmental health threat following the 11 September 2001 (9/11) attack on the World Trade Center (WTC). This important story could not have been told with as great an understanding until now. The 9 ensuing years have allowed the emotional distance necessary for a thoughtful analysis, providing both perspective and the time needed for health effects from long and short-term exposures to be revealed...Lioy describes the successes and failures of this country's environmental health science response in recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the threat to worker and community health...While focusing on the science, Lioy weaves in the political and human influences involved in allocating scarce resources amid complex stakeholder interests and participation, including community, union, academic, federal, state, and local organizations...It is apt that Lioy writes for a broad audience that might comprise scientists and nonscientists, policy makers and communities, graduate students and undergraduates...When the next environmental disaster occurs, thanks to Lioy and the many others like him who have worked tirelessly to evaluate and mitigate the WTC environmental health threat, our response will be quicker and better coordinated, grounded in a better understanding of the science, and ultimately more effective in minimizing risks to workers and communities. Lioy states that he wrote the book for his grandchildren, but the impact of his work will strike a much broader readership, both today and well into the future. Environmental Health Perspectives 20100501 Dust is an interesting, timely discussion of one investigator's findings concerning released particulate matter from the World Trade Center (WTC) in the aftermath of September 11th. After September 11th, it was widely known that the released particulate matter was toxic, but it was not known how toxic. Lioy (environmental and occupational medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) describes the circumstances and results of his efforts to investigate the extent of the toxicity of the particulate matter. Basic investigatory chapters include introductory material, aspects of dust collection, sample analysis, and a discussion on exposure. The book then discusses the presence of lead and other materials (e.g., chrysotile asbestos) in the WTC dust in the samples, and a discussion of unknowns. The final chapter is titled "Exposure Science in Future Catastrophes." Dust could be a very useful supplementary resource for courses intended to address homeland security or courses that are focused on exposure to airborne contaminants. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. CHOICE 20100901 A compelling combination of personal memoir and scientific investigation, Dust explores one of the most consequential - but least understood - outcomes of the 9/11 attacks and the collapse of the Twin Towers. The challenge Paul Lioy and his colleagues faced lay in determining what was contained in a kind of dust that no one had ever seen, what risks it posed, and how it could be handled. Lioy creates a timeline of damage and dispersal that takes the reader through the fascinating process of discovery. An accessible and intriguing account of this important episode in the history of 9/11. -- Clifford Chanin, director of education, National September 11 Memorial Museum The author shares his personal and professional perspectives on the World Trade Center dust...that played a critical role in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Chemical & Engineering News Paul Lioy was one of the first scientific investigators to show up at Ground Zero and he relentlessly analyzed the dust he collected there until it surrendered its dark secrets, which he lays out in razor sharp detail in Dust. Dr. Lioy leads readers on a precise and personal journey through the haze of ignorance and emotion unleashed by the 9/11 attacks. In the process he brings great clarity to what happened to our air after the towers came down. But he is writing not just about the past. Just as he wants to leave a record of those days for his grandchildren, he is intent on laying out options for what can be done to minimize the harm of future catastrophes. Dustis an important book for these perilous times. -- Anthony DePalma, author of City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance and 9/11 Ten years later, no one knows what was in the cloud of gases released by the combustion of all that jet fuel and building material but science has revealed what was in the dust-cement, steel, gypsum from drywall, building materials, cellulose from paper, synthetic molecules from rugs, glass fibers and human hair from the long decades of the two towers' use, among other items. "The [World Trade Center] dust held everything we consider near and dear to us," wrote Lioy, who carried out the first such analysis, in his book Dust: The Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11th Aftermath. Scientific American 20110907
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