Dwyer is coauthor of Two Seconds Under the World, an account of the 1993 effort to knock down the World Trade Center, and of Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted. One woman called 911 and said the floor was collapsing. This book is set the the chronological events that happened on September 11, 2001. Using hundreds of interviews, countless transcripts of radio and phone communications, and exhaustive research, Dwyer and Flynn bring that flood of responses back--from heartbreak to bewilderment to fury. With its clear prose, 102 Minutes does an admirable job of demonstrating that, in many ways, the most effective first responders on Sept. The men were later credited with saving the lives of 70 people in the north tower, at the expense of their own lives. This book is exactly what you think it's about.
What I take away from this book was no matter how evil the terrorists were and how destructive their act, it was overcome with pure goodness in thousands of ways and by thousands of people. We learned that American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center at 8:42 a. That being said, I can't say 7 years after the event, I finally dug within myself to find the courage to read this book. I've never wanted to keep reading a book so bad but after about 10 pages I start nodding off. By Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn.
Demczur, who had worked in construction, could tell the shaft was lined with wallboard. In a way, it is a throwback to those old Readers Digest special features that told the personal stories of disaster survivors, such as those who escaped the Andria Doria. It's a whole new perspective on the event. In the intervening years, they were not remedied. 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.
It's becoming easier, years later, to forget the profound, visceral responses the Trade Center attacks evoked in the days and weeks following September 11. De Martini and Ortiz traveled up eight floors above where they were at impact to help free those who were trapped by the rubble. And then you realize it is because the other person is now gone. Reported from the perspectives of those inside the towers, 102 Minutes captures the little-known stories of ordinary people who took extraordinary steps to save themselves and others. In this heart-stopping, meticulous account of the minutes between the first plane crash and the collapse of the north tower, Dwyer, a reporter at The New York Times, and Flynn, a special projects editor for the paper, unflinchingly place the reader in the minds and hearts of the people who actually confronted our worst fears. Phone calls for help quickly changed to last messages to loved ones when the trapped realized that they were going to die.
Dwyer and Flynn suggest that not all the people who leapt from the upper floors of the towers did so of their own volition; some were pushed by those desperate for their place by a window and a breath of air. In actual fact, I read the book over a period of several months, finally finishing it last night. I'm only 5 chapters in and I have felt feelings and thought things that I didn't before. The book doesn't need a long review. During this striking colloquy, there are several instances when the 911 dispatcher lapses into silence, to the point where Cosgrove has to ask whether she is still there.
Would I have been like Frank De Martini, risking my life to help others? Definitely not an easy one, but I thought the authors did a great job of not over dramatizing it. Also, as many other people have mentioned, the book is very political. The self-sacrifice and courage of everyday people is truly amazing, a great story about men and women who did what they could to help their friends, co-workers and strangers. I did not realize that these were dueling agencies with a lot of history of uncommunicative behavior. 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.
Hard as that may be to believe, that's all the time that elapsed between the moment that Flight 11 struck the first Twin Tower and the instant that the second tower collapsed. In so many ways that book made me a better citizen, a more educated citizen, and hopeful Frank DeAngelis should be n I got about 50 pages into this book and then had to do some really hard thinking about what I was getting out of it. The self-sacrifice and courage I read this book to rekindle my flagging support for our war in Afghanistan a result of reading , which tells the story of so many brave men in an impossible area. The impact of the planes either killed them immediately, or blocked the three accessible stairwells that could have brought them to safety. When they fell, I was overcome with grief at the staggering loss of life I'd just witnessed.
Individuals make decisions that lead to life or death, others are saved by coincidence and accident. As the car fell through the shaft, screeching, it slowed, then rumbled to a halt, when one last emergency system kicked in: a brake that stopped them about 10 feet above the lobby. One sentence that stuck out to me was when someone described what they heard on the other side of a wall. The focus is on survivors, how people managed. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. In 102 Minutes, that conventional narrative is turned on its head. The authors included lots of information all that.