102 Minutes

102 Minutes

The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

Book - 2005
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Of the millions of words written about September 11, 2001, most were told from the outside looking in. "New York Times" reporters Dwyer and Flynn have taken the opposite and far more revealing-approach, capturing the little-known stories of the nearly 12,000 ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to save themselves and others. They tell 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.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780805076820
Branch Call Number: 974.71044 DWY
Characteristics: xxiv, 322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Flynn, Kevin 1956-
Alternative Title: One hundred two minutes


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Aug 10, 2014

102 Minutes: the Untold story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. This is a part of the story of 9 11; a big part of the story. Is there anyone alive that day who cannot remember exactly where they were as those buildings burned, as all those planes were ordered to ground, as the world lost another bit of its innocence This is the story of the day when Islamic terrorists waged terrible war on the innocent people of the United States. This is the story of ordinary people, thousands of them, who were faced with unthinkable terror and who had to make split-second decisions on which their lives would hinge. This is the story of a two buildings, constructed in the spirit of extreme hubris and perhaps ignorance and stupidity which fatally betrayed huge numbers of its occupants. This is the story of many heroes who performed feats of self-sacrifice and heroism to rescue and save the lives of so many people. This is also the story of a failure to communicate, of disorganization on a massive scale. Dwyer and Flynn, both seasoned newspaper reporters, have crafted a gripping book from survivors account and communications transcriptions. Make no mistake: this is no work of fiction: it is a true account of the events at ground zero of the fateful day when two gargantuan structures, the highest in New York city died an agonizing death. This is a true account. You will be riveted to the edge of your seat. You will be virtually panting as you race down doomed stairwells; stranded in elevators that offer neither shelter nor escape. This book will hold you in its grip until it is finally through with you and you with it. This is a poignant book with scenes of immense sadness: people raining from the upper floors; husbands saying their last goodbyes; rescuers trapped because the orders to evacuate the building failed to reach them. Read this book. Read it in sorrow. Read it in remembrance.


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