I have already mentioned two authors who write very readable and I think successful books on topics of science for "every-man"... Dawkins and McPhee. Neither of them is an engineer who did any research on building collapses or the WTC event.Maybe "authority" was a poor choice of words. I was trying to say that you and @Jeffrey Orling consider yourself competent analysts of the collapses, i.e., you are qualified to understand them, and you probably don't consider yourselves uniquely qualified. Who do you recognize as peers and how do you recognize them? Clearly, it's not just by whether they agree with you. After all, you recognize each other.
And I should have focused on this question: Is there someone who, if they wrote "the book" on it, or if someone else wrote "the book" about them, you'd eagerly buy and read it? It's sort of like this: there are lots of "popular physics" books, but many people were especially excited when Leon Lederman published The God Particle and eagerly anticipated the follow-up after the Higgs discovery. That's in part because Lederman was a recognized authority and in part because he's an interesting person. Is there anyone like that in re the WTC collapses?
The engineer whose I think might write a credible book might be Guy Nordenson...
After graduating from UC Berkeley he worked at Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco (1978-1982) and Weidlinger Associates in New York City (1982–1987), before establishing the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners in 1987 where he was a director until leaving in 1997 to begin his own structural engineering practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates.
Nordenson is also a professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and is a Faculty Associate at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the University Center for Human Values, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Structures of Coastal Resilience, with Catherine Seavitt Nordenson and Julia Chapman, Island Press, Washington DC, 2018
- Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works, Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich, 2016
- Patterns and Structure: Selected Writings 1972–2008, Lars Müller Publishers, Baden, 2010
- On the Water | Palisade Bay, with Catherine Seavitt and Adam Yarinsky, Hatje Cantz Verlag/MoMA Publications, Berlin, 2010
- Seven Structural Engineers – The Felix Candela Lectures in Structural Engineering, editor, MoMA Publications, New York NY, 2008
- Tall Buildings, editor with Terrance Riley, MoMA Publications, New York NY, 2003
- WTC Emergency – Damage Assessment of Buildings Structural Engineers Association of NY Inspection of September and October 2001, Volume A Summary Report, and B-F on DVD, SEAoNY, New York NY, 2003"