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Among the Heroes: The Story of United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back

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On the evening of September 14, as the sun set over the flag-draped county courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania, fifteen hundred mourners gathered together as Governor Tom Ridge presided over a memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. In the hushed twilight, amid the toiling of bells, a candle was lit for each victim, and the flames were used to light smaller candles held by townspeople attending the service.

The hijackers had failed in their mission, Ridge said. They had not destroyed our spirit. They had rekindled it. By fighting back against the terrorists, the passengers and crew had undoubtedly saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. "They sacrificed themselves for others — the ultimate sacrifice. What appears to be a charred, smolerdering hole in the ground," said the governor, "is truly and really a monument to heroism."

Of the four horrific hijackings on September 11, Flight 93, which crashed into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resonates as one of epic resistance. A number of passengers phoned relatives and others on the ground to tell them of the hijacking and what they planned to do about it. Their battle to take back the plane brought consolation to countless confused and grief-stricken Americans. At a time when the United States appeared defenseless against an unfamiliar foe, the gallant passengers and crew of Flight 93 provided for many Americans a measure of victory in the midst of unthinkable defeat. Together, they seemingly accomplished what all the security guards and soldiers, military pilots and government officials, could not — they thwarted the terrorists, sacrificing their own lives so that others might live.

The culmination of hundreds of interviews and months of investigation, Among the Heroes is the definitive story of the courageous men and women aboard Flight 93, and of the day that forever changed the way Americans view the world and themselves.

Review:

"New York Times reporter Longman, who covered the story of Flight 93, helps us relive the heroism and the terror of its final moments." Library Journal

Review:

"Among the Heroes isn't propaganda. But it isn't quite history either. It's in part an obituary, obligated to speak well of the dead, and in part a parable, obligated to speak well of the living." James Poniewozik, Time.com

Review:

"[A]n elegiac reconstruction....The book's strength is the personal details on the passengers....Like so much written about Sept. 11, the book is a reminder about the fragility of life and how the good that people do is remembered after they're gone....The writing is clear and restrained." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

About the Author

Jere Longman is a reporter for The New York Times and covered the story of Flight 93 from the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He is the author of the acclaimed The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060099084
Subtitle:
United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back
Author:
Longman, Jere
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Hijacking of aircraft
Subject:
Victims of terrorism
Subject:
Aircraft accident victims
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks,
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 02-03
Publication Date:
July 30, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.01 in 20.19 oz

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Product details 304 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060099084 Reviews:
"Review" by , "New York Times reporter Longman, who covered the story of Flight 93, helps us relive the heroism and the terror of its final moments."
"Review" by , "Among the Heroes isn't propaganda. But it isn't quite history either. It's in part an obituary, obligated to speak well of the dead, and in part a parable, obligated to speak well of the living."
"Review" by , "[A]n elegiac reconstruction....The book's strength is the personal details on the passengers....Like so much written about Sept. 11, the book is a reminder about the fragility of life and how the good that people do is remembered after they're gone....The writing is clear and restrained."
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