July 19, 2011

102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn

102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin TowersEveryone is familiar with the horrific events of 9/11.  Whether or not we knew someone working in the towers or who was part of the rescue team, we were all impacted by this senseless tragedy.  In the book 102 Minutes, Baker & Flynn offer a non-sensationalized account of what happened to the thousands of employees and hundreds of rescue personnel who thought it was a normal workday.  Working from interviews with rescuers and survivors, the authors offer a thoroughly researched - and incredibly haunting - account of this terrorist account.

The level of detail in this book is incredible.  It was very real and very personal, offering names and specific information about people involved.  The book was part-novel, part-documentary and was not exploitative or overly dramatic.  It simply tells the reader what happened.

You will be amazed at the power of the human spirit and how people worked together during the crisis.  You’ll have some questions after reading the authors' description of the building codes and the number of staircases available in the towers.  

It’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in the timeline of the attack, but it is definitely not an easy read.  Although the book was not unnecessarily graphic, there were times where I was tearful and I imagine the same thing would be felt by anyone reading this story.

Never forget.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher.

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