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The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deceptionby Robin Gaby Fisher
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“The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a riveting real-life mystery, a probe into the inner depths of humanity. This is a page-turner for every American” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).
Tania Head’s story of surviving the inferno of the World Trade Center on 9/11—from crawling through the carnage and chaos, to escaping the 78th floor Sky Lobby of the burning South Tower, to losing her fiancÉ in the collapsed North Tower—transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of that tragic day. She selflessly took on the responsibility of giving a voice and a direction to the burgeoning World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, helping save the “Survivor Stairway” and leading tours at Ground Zero, including taking then Governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, and former Mayor Giuliani on the inaugural tour of the WTC site. But there was something grotesquely wrong with Tania’s story—it was all an elaborate hoax. She wasn’t there.
The Woman Who Wasn’t There is the story of one of the most audacious and bewildering quests for acclaim in recent memory—one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.
Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001, was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow, of horror and inspiration. It transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of that tragic day. But there was something very wrong with Tania’s story—a terrible secret that would break the hearts and challenge the faith of all those she claimed to champion.
Told with the unique insider perspective of Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., a filmmaker shooting a documentary on the efforts of the Survivors’ Network, and previously one of Tania’s closest friends, The Woman Who Wasn’t There is the story of one of the most audacious and bewildering quests for acclaim in recent memory—one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.
About the Author
Robin Gaby Fisher is the author of the New York Times bestseller After the Fire. She is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and a member of a Pulitzer Prize–winning team. She teaches narrative journalism at Rutgers University.Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., is the award-winning director of the documentary The Woman Who Wasn’t There, produced by Meredith Vieira Productions. Visit TheWomanWhoWasntThere.com.
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