The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute counted.
At 8:46 AM on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers -- reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it -- until now.
New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews; thousands of pages of oral histories; and phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women -- the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished -- who made 102 minutes count as never before.
Read by Ron McLarty
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i'm sorry, but this book bugs me
First of all, reading this book was like driving on a freeway full of speedbumps. Everytime the story got going, the authors decided to slip in a little too much history about the WTC (for example, almost six pages on the history of stairwells). This can probably be attributed to the fact that the authors began writing this book BEFORE 9/11, and it was about the HISTORY of the WTC. My personal feeling is that they thought that more people would read their book if they saw that it was about 9/11 than if it just said "A super boring history of the World Trade Center". Now, i'm not accusing them of trying to capitalize off of the horrible tragedy that was 9/11, but do you honestly think that anyone would have read it otherwise?
Though I prefer unabridged books, this works well since the story is so harrowing that its abridgement makes it more palatable. It is very well written and Ron Mclarty is the best reader in America. He could read a phone book and make it interesting. He has given this story the gravitas it deserves.
This is a great book BUT...
I wish I had realized it was abridged before I bought it. I don’t even understand what good an abridged book is. Just don’t do that stuff, people. Hoping they’ll someday offer the WHOLE book.