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City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11 > Acknowledgments - Pg. Vol4-viii

Acknowledgments Besides all those whose names appear in this book, I need to acknowl- edge several individuals without whose help these pages could never have been written. First, Bill Keller and The New York Times gave me the opportunity to cover this important story and to keep pursuing the truth. Monsignor Robert Sheeran and Seton Hall University provided the time and space for me to complete this book. I also want to thank Ellen Borakove of the New York City medical examiner's office, Kate O'Brien Ahlers at New York's law department, and Prof. Lester Brick- man of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Over several years, they provided many answers to my insistent questions. And I owe a substan- tial debt to Amy Green for her good work in Florida. I also have complied with the request of those who gave their time and shared their knowledge but asked not to be identified by name. They should know how much I appreciate their assistance. Because of the gar- gantuan legal proceedings against New York City, many individuals were unable to speak freely. In those instances, I relied on 7,826 pages of writ-