102 Minutes

102 Minutes

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

Book - 2004
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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.

Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn have taken the opposite-and far more revealing-approach. 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. Beyond this stirring panorama stands investigative reporting of the first rank. 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.

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. 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.   102 Minutes is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805076820
Branch Call Number: History 974.71 Dwy
Additional Contributors: Flynn, Kevin 1956-
Alternative Title: One hundred two minutes


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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Through interviews with civilians and rescue personnel who escaped the World Trade Center on 9/11, and transcripts of phone calls made by those who did not, two New York Times journalists piece together a detailed moment-by-moment account of miraculous escapes, bravery, desperation, and the tragic systemic failures that cost lives.

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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