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I don't know. D'you ever do it? Find yourself looking back at something that caused you great pain/agony? I was on a 9/11 kick: watched a lot of old vids, read a lot of old articles, and listened to a lot of audiobooks. Read "102 Minutes" ages ago and listened to the audiobook, and it holds up well, made me wince quite a bit, re-live some of the nightmare of that day, ya know? What we learned.
Because "102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers" is nothing if not a story of what went wrong, what went right, what happened. Period.
And it is oh-so cringe-worthy.
Radios that wouldn't work. Radios on different frequencies, varying from agency to agency. Too few stairwells, some caved in by rubble. Oh, but some stairwells decently lit (Yay! We learned THAT from the FIRST time the towers were bombed)! Firefighters damned near having heart attacks from the heat and the weight of their gear. Trying to be heard over the wail of sirens/the crashing of bodies falling on the canopies or the ground. A man in a wheelchair patiently waiting, waiting, waiting with a friend? Sure, SOMEone will be by to rescue him. Right?
But there WERE many rescues. There WERE many good decisions. There WERE many dodged bullets.
It's just that...
Well, it makes for a sometimes painful, but ALWAYS an amazing, worthwhile listen.
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For me to spend money on a book, any book, that is abridged, it has to be good. Such is the case with 102 Minutes. This is a very gripping and powerful story of the men and women involved in the World Trade Center atacks of September 11 2001. For me, and many others, the events of 9-11 while horrible and frightening, were remote. Just something on TV that impacted my life about as much as, say, something going on half way around the world. I watched in horror as the towers were first struck and then as the crumbeled and all I could think is oh my God. This is bad. But it really had no impact on my day-to-day life. That is, until I read this book. The authors draw you in in, painting, in painful detail, the every day events of that started out normal, but quickly turned into anything but. Finally, for the first time, the men and women are made "real" given names, faces, glimpses into their lives, loves, hopes, and then... You are right there with them as they fight for their lives, in the crowded, smoke filled stairwells. You will be left brethless and shaken. And moved to anger when you learn more people could of been saved if the planners had just added simple things like fire towers and more staircases, which were removed so more rentable office space could be had. This is a moving book, one of the best Ive read in a while. I collect snippits of information about 9-11. Last September I bought the 9-11 report from Audible and I also have the audio of the Howard Stern radio show as he reports moment to moment live the events as they happened. 102 Minutes is a perfect and timeless addition to my audio collection. The only draw back? This is abridged! Hopefully some day soon the unabridged edition of this book will come on-line.
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