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Michiko KakutaniMr. Nobel vividly delineates the conflict between victims' families, who wanted a memorial for their loved ones, and TriBeCa and Battery Park City residents, who worried about living with a giant cemetery in their midst; the conflict between citizens who wanted an easy-to-read symbol of their grief and defiance built at ground zero, and architects and urban planners who wanted something more sophisticated and functional. He inventories some of the myriad ideas for what should be done with ground zero, from building nothing to building a facsimile of the fallen towers. And he provides a devastating look at the pettier, narcissistic reactions to ground zero: the celebrities and politicians who saw it as an opportunity to grandstand, the bureaucrats and real estate people who tried to proceed with business as usual, the artists who almost immediately tried to aestheticize a national tragedy.
— The New York Times