UNCbbl20, June 6, 2007 (view all comments by UNCbbl20)
I found this book to be very good and entertaining. The only problem is that some of this seems sort of confusing. The people were guessing that a bomb hit when it was really a plane. Other than some of the unrealistic points, this was a very good book!
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nycowgirl31390, August 2, 2006 (view all comments by nycowgirl31390)
I AM ADDICTED TO THIS BOOK. I chose to read it for my junior year summer reading and am very excited. The book is very interesting towards something that almost everyone was affected by in one way or another.
HIGHLY RECCOMED THIS TO ANYONE
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102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
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by James B. Stewart, The New York Times Book Review,
"In this heart-stopping, meticulous account of the minutes between the first plane crash and the collapse of the north tower, [Dwyer and Flynn] unflinchingly place the reader in the minds and hearts of the people who actually confronted our worst fears."
by The Washington Post,
"[U]nsparing, eloquent....With its consistently clear prose, 102 Minutes does an admirable job of conveying this chaos without replicating it."
by Boston Herald,
"[An] artful compilation...[that] provides several contexts for the horrendous things that came to pass...[and] brings the human experience of disaster into focus."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Flynn and Dwyer...celebrate the extraordinary capacities of ordinary folk. Swift, photographic prose defines the dimensions of hell — and of humanity."
by Providence Journal,
"It took the authors three years to describe what happened in 102 minutes....The book is worth the wait."
by Denver Post,
"[I]t's the individual stories of what was happening inside the towers...that pack a powerful emotional punch....[A] poignant, emotion-stirring and important book, though not an easy read at times."
by Kevin Baker, The New York Times,
"[A] masterpiece of reporting....[A] remarkably comprehensive account....[A] brilliant and troubling book..."
by Baltimore Sun,
"Harrowing, deeply reported....Insightful, compassionate, and unrelievedly tense, 102 Minutes creates a hellishness we once thought could exist only in places like Dresden and Stalingrad, never here, never in Manhattan."
by San Antonio Express-News,
"A can't-put-down account....Although well constructed, the book would have benefited from a good editing to sharpen and clarify certain passages. The human stories are so compelling, however, that few readers will notice."
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.
"Searing, poignant, and utterly compelling—102 Minutes does for the September 11 catastrophe what Walter Lord did for the Titanic in his masterpiece, A Night to Remember."—Rick Atkinson, author of In the Company of Soldiers and An Army at Dawn
At 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts, New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out, weaving together the stories of ordinary men and women into an epic account of struggle, determination, and grace. Hailed immediately upon its hardcover publication as the definitive account of that terrible morning, 102 Minutes now contains a new Afterword that incorporates powerful firsthand material, including tapes and documents, that Dwyer and Flynn recently obtained after more than three years of litigation with the city of New York.
Eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and translated into a dozen languages, 102 Minutes is a gripping narrative that is also investigative reporting of the first rank—"in a class by itself," according to Reader's Digest. Dwyer and Flynn reveal the decisions, both good and bad, that proved to be the difference between life and death on a day that changed America forever.
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