I've just finished reading the best book i'll probably ever read on 9/11. It's called The Only Plane In The Sky and tells the account of all the key players from that day. From the office workers in the WTC, to the fire and rescue workers, the first responders at the Pentagon, the investigators who turned up on the scene of Flight 93's crash, President Bush's entourage on Air Force One (the only plane in the sky that day). And then there is the US astronaut on the ISS looking down on the event from space, the air traffic controllers involved in the greatest logistical effort to ground all flights in US airspace and the sobering account of the ticket agent in the airport who let the hijackers aboard. Just some of multiple perspectives from that one day.
It's incredible. It's always been one of if not the most graphic and shocking news event of our lives but that book really gets into the details of the true horror that unfolded. The most shocking thing to read was the fine line between life and death on that day. The woman who walked to the photocopier to print something while moments later her office and desk were obliterated in the Pentagon. The group of escapees who had made their way down hundreds of floors to make it onto the street and out of the WTC... only to be crushed and killed instantly by falling, burning debris. And the decision by a handful of passengers on flight 93 that saved the lives of hundreds, potentially thousands more people on that day.
It's not an easy read but through the heroic acts of the rescuers and the strength of those family and friends widowed and grieving, it has a redemptive quality to it that urges you to keep reading.
It really is worth your time and more.
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