One-Minute Book Reviews

September 10, 2008

If I Could Read One Book About Sept. 11, I Would Read …

Filed under: Nonfiction — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 8:46 pm
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If I could read one account of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, I would read 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers (Holt, 384 pp., $15, paperback), by New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, a book I’ve had on my “to read” list almost since its publication. Dwyer and Flynn describe the 102 minutes between the first attack on the World Trade Center and the collapse of the second tower, as seen by people inside the buildings, in this finalist for a National Book Award. As they do, they tell intimate stories that evoke deep emotions, Publishers Weekly said: “A law firm receptionist quietly eats yogurt at her desk seconds before impact. Injured survivors, sidestepping debris and bodies, struggle down a stairwell. A man trapped on the 88th floor leaves a phone message for his fiancée: ‘Kris, there’s been an explosion…. I want you to know my life has been so much better and richer because you were in it.’” You may also want to read the review of Love You, Mean It, a memoir by four women widowed by the attacks, posted on Sept.11, 2007 www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/2007/09/11/.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

2 Comments »

  1. Oh, we’ve got this at our university library – I’m grabbing it tomorrow!

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — September 10, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  2. Dwyer is a great writer. And I’ve always wanted to read “102 Minutes” because as far as I can tell, it’s the best nonfiction book about Sept. 11 that focuses its human dramas (instead of, for example, the intelligence and other failures described in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Looming Tower,” important as those are).

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — September 10, 2008 @ 11:38 pm | Reply


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