“As an anthropologist, tourist, and artist, Sather-Wagstaff investigates the traumatic events of 9/11 as a site of contested meaning. Her exercise in visual ethnography examines the various social practices of tourists in their engagement with the tangible and intangible essence of 'heritage that hurts.' This innovative study adds substantively to the evolving role of the 9/11 events and, in doing so, embarks on new methodological and theoretical approaches. Appropriately illustrated, referenced, and indexed. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries.”
"...the book leads us to consider the fascinating question of why and how we are driven to construct and visit sites that memorialize mass death and horrific tragedy, and what uniquely human needs are fulfilled when we do so."