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102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin… (2005)

by Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn

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Great story! I cried several times throughout the book, it was just so emotionally uneasy at times. It's definitely a painful but thorough look into one of the nations greatest catastrophes. ( )
  elle-kay | Jan 27, 2016 |
Even after almost 8 years since this unspeakable act of terrorism I found it very difficult to read this book even though it was obviously well researched and at times very uplifting. Knowing that some of the stories included were of various people's last seconds on earth brought me to tears on more than one occasion. But, I also learned so much about the buildings that I never knew before. There were only 3 staircases per building, none of which were 'fire safe' staircases, mostly because that would cut down on rentable space. Some of the elevator shafts went for 78 floors without an opening (which has since been changed in the fire code to an opening every 3 floors). Police, firemen and the port authority basically had no communication between departments. People standing right next to each other manning the command post gave totally opposite instructions to those unable to escape their offices. Of course, nothing of this magnitude had ever been imagined so a certain amount of miscommunication had to be expected.
The stories of heroism and unbelievable bravery bring the book up from horrific tragedy to wonderment at what human beings are capable of. I am glad that I read it and I highly recommend it. But I cannot get the image out of my head of the man who refused to leave his wheel-chair-bound friend behind and head for safety himself. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
A powerful story pieced together from interviews, recordings and historical texts. Mr. Dwyer and Mr. Flynn are meticulous storytellers who made me feel like I was there. So much to the point that I had to finish the book in one sitting as it was so terrifying and anxiety inducing for me. ( )
  sunnydrk | Dec 30, 2015 |
Excellent! ( )
  B-17Dave | Nov 9, 2015 |
It was such a tragic event. The book explains to you what happened, gives you details that not even the news were able to explain. It is a great a book. A book every kid who was not able to experience such day should read. ( )
  AnaCaro | Aug 9, 2015 |
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For Mary, Maggie, and Kevin - KF
For Julia Sullivan and Sheila Carmody and all who travel with them - JD
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First into the office on the 89th floor of 1 World Trade Center, as always, Dianne DeFontes shut the door behind her, then locked it with a bolt that slid up and down, into floor and ceiling.
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By 9:02 the boomerang of alarm and assurance had driven Stanley Praimnath from the 81st floor to the lobby, then back again to his office. The phone was ringing as he returned, and he picked it up to hear the voice of a colleague from Chicago, urgently inquiring after his well-being. "Are you okay?" the woman asked Praimnath. "Yes, I'm fine," he assured her. "Stan, are you watching the monitor-are you watching the news to see what is going on?" she asked. "Yes," he assured her again. "I'm fine." As he spoke, Praimnath spun his seat around so he was facing in the direction of the window, though he was not staring out. His window looked south over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, the light trails of froth cut in the slate colored water by the stready traffic of ships and tugs and ferries. From the corner of his eye, he glimpsed an unfamiliar shape on the horizon. Praimnath turned slightly, to look square out the window. An airplane. It was heading toward his office, toward his window, it seemed. He could see the red and blue marking and the letter U as it approached. He dived under his desk, screaming to God, as his colleague in Chicago listened on the phone and watched the television screen in horror. In the length of a drawn breath, the ceiling collapsed. The time was 9:02:59 A.M., and United Airlines Flight 175 now plunged through the south tower of the World Trade Center, including the room where Stanley Praimnath had jumped beneath his desk. The plane had banked slightly at the last second, its wingspan running diagonally across nine floors, from 77 to 85. The Mizuho/Fuji office was at the center of it. Praimnath's room was torn to bits. Wires and cubicles and drywall slumped into a tangle at once sinister and silent. The wing of the jet was jammed into a door; twenty feet from where Praimnath, still alive, huddled beneath his desk.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805080325, Paperback)

In 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn vividly recreate the 102-minute span between the moment Flight 11 hit the first Twin Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the moment the second tower collapsed, all from the perspective of those inside the buildings--the 12,000 who escaped, and the 2,749 who did not. It's becoming easier, years later, to forget the profound, visceral responses the Trade Center attacks evoked in the days and weeks following September 11. Using hundreds of interviews, countless transcripts of radio and phone communications, and exhaustive research, Dwyer and Flynn bring that flood of responses back--from heartbreak to bewilderment to fury. The randomness of death and survival is heartbreaking. One man, in the second tower, survived because he bolted from his desk the moment he heard the first plane hit; another, who stayed at his desk on the 97th floor, called his wife in his final moments to tell her to cancel a surprise trip he had planned. In many cases, the deaths of those who survived the initial attacks but were killed by the collapse of the towers were tragically avoidable. Building code exemptions, communication breakdowns between firefighters and police, and policies put in place by building management to keep everyone inside the towers in emergencies led, the authors argue, to the deaths of hundreds who might otherwise have survived. September 11 is by now both familiar and nearly mythological. Dwyer and Flynn's accomplishment is recounting that day's events in a style that is stirring, thorough, and refreshingly understated. --Erica C. Barnett

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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.… (more)

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