This includes the amazing saga of Stairway B in the North Tower, in which six members of Ladder 6, along with bookkeeper Josephine Harris, weathered the collapse. The authors somehow managed to tie hundreds of personal stories into one cohesive and symbiotic narrative that made it feel like I was actually there, inside. It's frustrating: All those hundreds of hours of dogged, basic reporting frittered away by poor editing decisions. This isn't a book that bashes the government, both local and national, but it does tell both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. I think it would have been a lot better if they'd told individuals stories start-to-finish and then moved on to the next. D89 2005 Location Wells Library - Research Coll. There are no discussions about intelligence failures.
Dwyer and Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews with rescuers, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. I had two others in hand when I saw this one haphazardly shoved into a spot on the shelf and I knew instantly that I had found my next read. The impact of the planes either killed them immediately, or blocked the three accessible stairwells that could have brought them to safety. 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 nearly 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 minutes count as never before. Sadly, evacuation efforts were hampered by the inability to grasp the impossible, that the buildings might not stand. Minute by minute it follows a broad swath of humanity — bankers and window washers, insurers and caterers, firemen and cops — as they struggle against the greatest high rise disaster in history.
Would I have listened to the security guard? They show that even as so many peopleuniformed officers and civilians alikeresponded with great valor, they did so in a context of inadequate building safety and tragic flaws in New York's emergency preparedness. The book lives up to the promise of its subtitle: these stories are indeed untold, despite the vast amounts of coverage Sept. I made my way to the tv in the living room before i got myself a bowl of cereal. Interrelationship of details is excellent, and charts and maps outstanding. Reading this book gave me the feeling I was time-traveling into the towers. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn draw on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts to tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out. It fact it was so emotionally draining that I had to put it down at times to take a breath and remind myself that I was not trapped in a smokey tower, almost two thousand feet off the ground with no means of escape.
The heroism of not only the rescuers but the civilians who risked and gave their lives to save others. Beyond this stirring panorama stands investigative reporting of the first rank. It is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. It follows several ordinary people on what started as a typical workday and turned into a personal nightmare and a national tragedy. I wonder if people just felt obligated to like it due to the subject matter? On the 19th floor of the north tower, scores of doomed firefighters were seen…taking a rest break in the final minutes, coats off, axes against the wall, soaked in sweat… Defenders of the response point to the unprecedented nature of the World Trade Center attacks.
An astounding number of people actually survived the plane impacts but were unable to escape, and the authors raise hard questions about building safety and tragic flaws in New York's emergency preparedness. I spent a lot of time crying, and I really don't recommend this read to you if you don't have closure yet, or if you don't care to know the technical details of the terrorist attack. I want to be sucked into the whole thing and I feel selfish and rude for saying that, but I just have to say it because I can see this being difficult to read for younger people or people who just don't like reading. A man trapped on the 88th floor leaves a phone message for his fiancée: 'Kris, there's been an explosion. And there is Port Authority construction manager Frank De Martini, who worked on the 88th floor of the North Tower; after the collision, he worked to pry open jammed doors on twelve floors around the crash zone.
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 nearly 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 minutes count as never before. Following their remarks they answered questions from members of the audience. It helps correct a record that has been skewed by the immediate, emotional response to the attacks. Make no mistake, however: the momentum of the story never makes you lose sight of the human dimension. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn have taken the opposite-and far more revealing-approach. The first is that there are a ton of names dropped which is fine , but they will talk about what a person did for five minutes and then move on to the next part, and then maybe or not pick that person's story back up 10 pages, 50 pages, 100 pages later.
In 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn vividly recreate the 102-minute span between the moment Flight 11 hit the first Twin Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the moment the second tower collapsed, all from the perspective of those inside the buildings--the 12,000 who escaped, and the 2,749 who did not. We watch the events unfold with the same horror we first saw them. 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 nearly 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 minutes count as never before. They put a ton of work into this book, yet there's barely any background and only the thinnest family and occupational information about any of the dozens of the people who fade in and out of the reporting. I could hear those noises in that sentence and it was people working together to get out.
Rescue teams were unable to communicate which stairwells were clear and free for use, or that helicopters needed to be released to rescue tenants on the roof that couldn't descend past the floors consumed with wreckage, or even more crucial. Some of what Dwyer and Flynn learned while researching 102 Minutes will also anger the reader because, while it is true that some 12,000 of the almost 15,000 people in the buildings managed to escape, more should have gotten out alive than did. While I was uplifted and encouraged by so many examples of human kindness, I was devastated to read that so very many deaths could have possibly been avoided, if there had just been better communication between political-minded departments. For obvious reasons, including the mass casualties and the fact the disaster played out on live television, the tragedy of the Twin Towers has come to symbolize September 11. No mention of Bin Laden. Information derived from 911 and family phone calls were pieced together to get a partial picture of what happened to individuals in the two towers before they went down.
What did they endure as the building fell apart around them? We learned that American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center at 8:42 a. The entirety of the call though it is clear that Cosgrove made several others lasts 4 minutes and 53 seconds. It really puts names and personalities to the victims. Any one of us could have been in his shoes. It is a valuable historical record of a pivot point in history, yet brings it down to a personal level. Among them: The construction manager and his colleagues, who pried open doors and freed dozens of people trapped high in the north tower.
The chronology could still have been preserved to some extent, both within the separate individuals' stories and by presenting the series of single-thread chronicles in an order that took readers through the crisis more or less in the order things happened. The window washer stuck in an elevator fifty floors up with five other men, who used a squeegee to escape. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages. I actually wrote down a few key notes on my bookmark to keep an idea of the whole picture. Dwyer and Flynn's accomplishment is recounting that day's events in a style that is stirring, thorough, and refreshingly understated. It was not until after the disaster that the construction of the towers themselves was reviewed.