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Among the Heroes

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  323 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Of the four horrific hijackings on September 11, Flight 93 resonates as one of epic resistance.At a time when the United States appeared defenseless against an unfamiliar foe, the gallant passengers and crew of Flight 93 provided for many Americans a measure of victory in the midst of unthinkable defeat. Together, they seemingly accomplished what all the security guards an ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 2002)
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Jun 27, 2014 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September 11 is a date etched into almost everybody's memory and although a lot of the attention is quite rightly focussed on the destruction of the World Trade Centre and the attack on the Pentagon, Flight 93 also played a major part in the day's drama.

Hijacked by four, or some think three, terrorists the plane was flown off route, probably intended to fly to Washington to attack the White House. The valiant passengers and crew had other ideas and fought back as best they could with the result
Jul 08, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9-11
Most of the books about 9/11 focus primarily on the destruction of the World Trade Center towers with a nod to the Pentagon and United 93 which crashed into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This book focuses on United 93 and gives us some insight into the lives and characters of each of the passengers as well as providing a timeline of the events leading up to the crash. It is a book well worth reading if for no other reason than I think we sometimes tend to think of the casualties of ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Erica rated it it was ok
I was quite disappointed with this book. The book details the background and lives of the passengers on Flight 93 and has very little of the actual flight itself. Information is repeated at various stages throughout the book - I only need to be given information once, not a number of times throughout a book. The photos in the book are poor quality black and white photos. Good quality colour photos would have had a greater impact and so would have been a huge improvement. There are no diagrams or ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Brandee rated it it was ok
I worked for a family that had a member on this flight and a part of the book is about her, so I was excited to read it because I felt like I had some what of a personal connection. The beginning of the book was interesting but after that I found my skipping through most of the book and only reading a few sentences. I was very disappointed in this book. Others may read it and cry from start to finish.
Jan 28, 2014 Gordief rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
With interviews conducted relatively soon after September 11, 2001, Jere Longman was one of the first to bring the individual stories of the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 to light. Mr. Longman should be praised for his sensitivity to the families that he interviewed while at the same time understanding the importance of telling the story of these 40 extraordinary people. What makes this book such an important record of Sept. 11th is that it was written so shortly thereafter. It provide ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11
This is the account of the passengers of United Flight 93, as told by their loved ones. Quite a few of them were slated to be on a later flight, but had arrived at the airport early and managed to switch to this flight. While we may never know what exactly went on in the plane and how things really played out, it remains that the passengers and crew on that plane were heroes. This was quite a difficult read as there are accounts of final phone calls made and goodbyes said. Many times, I could no ...more
I've known the bare facts for some time, but it was good to read an in-depth look at the people and the events, or what little is known about them.

For all the times I've been searched and delayed and asked intrusive questions by the TSA, I've endured it. The whole American security mechanism to keep air travellers safe is expensive, intrusive, resource-intensive and useless.

Yup, that's right. It took these passengers half an hour to defeat al-Qaeda's plan to use missiles to attack important US i
Mar 02, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, two commercial planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City, and another commercial airline struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. United Flight 93 was aiming for another destination. Perhaps the Capitol Building? The White House? The passengers learned of the World Trade Center crashes when they phoned their loved ones and friends using cell and in-flight phones to tell them of the hijacking of their flight by terrorists. This book is wel ...more
Joey Walker
Nov 08, 2011 Joey Walker rated it really liked it
Flying High

A touching novel about the September 11th attacks and Flight 93, Among the Heroes, by Jere Longman, informs the public about the passengers, crew, terrorists, and their life stories leading to that disastrous day. Up until now, I had no idea that there was a fourth flight in the September 11th attacks. Many government officials believe that Flight 93’s intended target was the White House, but because the passengers and crew valiantly resisted against the terrorists, the plane never r
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A book on Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania, on September 11th. It was mainly interviews and information gathered from family and friends about the people on the plane before and during the flight. The author covered the hijackers as well which was kind of interesting to learn about where they came from. The way the book was written was very good, but with all the names and stories, it got kind of confusing at a point.

And I have a question. Why are all the books, tv shows and movies alway
Sep 19, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this to honor the tenth anniversary this year and in some hope of understanding what happened on Flight 93 before it crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside. I'm convinced that Longman did as good a job as possible reconstructing what happened based on the evidence, and probably no one will ever know the full story. Longman has interviewed family members, law enforcement, and aviation officials; listened to phone logs, and pieced together a narrative that starts at the airport with crew ...more
Bridget Petrella
May 08, 2012 Bridget Petrella rated it it was amazing
On the evening of September 14th, as the sun set over the flag-draped county courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania, fifteen hundred mourners gathered together as Governor Tom Ridge presided over a memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. In the hushed twilight, amid the toiling of bells, a candle was lit for each victim, and the flames were used to light smaller candles held by townspeople attending the service. The hijackers had failed in their mission, Ridge said. They had not d ...more
John Norman
Nov 18, 2013 John Norman rated it it was amazing
So awhile back I read 102 Minutes, about the people who were in the Twin Towers on 9/11; this book is about the people on United 93 who very likely fought back during the hijacking of their plane.

This is a remarkable book, but, strangely, less because of the narrative of the hijacking and crash than for the stories of the random (or maybe not so random) people on the plane. It turns out that these hijackers had acquired perhaps exactly the wrong group of people: The passengers included a number
May 19, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
All the emotions I felt on September 11th and those confusing days (and months) after came back to me in this book. My heart ached for the tragedies that day, but I was moved by the heroic and brave actions of those on Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. I hope this book goes down in history as a go-to historical account of 9/11. My patriotism had been renewed through this intriguing book.
Nov 18, 2011 Hailey rated it it was amazing
Amoung the heroes is about the horrible day of September 11, 2001. Amoung the heroes mainly talks about flight 93 which is the only plane that didn't hit its target, which was the white house. The people onboard ended up finding out about the terrost attacks on the world trade center, so they tried take charge and stop the terrosts but they could't. they ended up taking the plane into the ground in a cornfeild near the white house. Alot of people will never forget what happened on that terrible ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
this book was so hard to read, because there's no escaping the ending, but it was inspiring none the less. It was extremely well written and well organized. the author took you through the events of the plane being hijacked and eventually crashing, but throughout that storyline, he gave extremely insightful and interesting flashbacks about each of the passengers and crew members, and even a very balanced and non-emotional description of the man believed to be the lead hijacker of flight 93. I fe ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This book was written after the author conducted interviews with the family members of everyone (including the hijackers) aboard United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He also combed the investigative records related to the flight. The result is a very personal and touching portrait of the passengers and crew who valiantly stood up to their hijackers in an attempt to thwart hijacking. We have all read many accounts of this tragedy, but Longman gives the reader a very personal experience which m ...more
May 15, 2015 Janet added it
Very good.
♥ Marlene♥
on Saturday, January 20, 2007 I wrote about this book:

Well I finished reading this book on January 7th 2007.
It was interesting and touching but confusing for me because of all the names of the passengers and there families.

What a terrible way to die. Once they learned that the hijackers were lying to them and they were going to crash, like the 2 other airplanes did in the World Trade centre, they decided to take matters in there own hand.
These passengers will be remembered forever.
Apr 11, 2011 KelMcG rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read regarding the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. Longman goes in depth, talking to the family and friends of nearly all the passengers on United Flight 93- the only hijacked plane to not hit its target that day. The recreation of the day's events based on phone calls, voice mails, and personal interviews, is harrowing and gut-wrenching. Readers will silently cheer for the passengers and crew, all the while knowing the end result is horrific. A must read!
Aug 23, 2014 Danni rated it it was amazing
Now I am not sure who was crazier. The terrorists or the people on the plane. I loved this book. It talked about real American heroes. The passengers forced the plane down that was going to hit the White House. The funny thing is that this book is due back at the Library on September 11. This book had a lot of heart and it was a feel good read.
Sep 07, 2011 Whimsical rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Longman gives life to the passengers of United Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville PA on September 11, 2001. A well written book; funny at times. Written with sensitivity and respect for the former passengers and crew. One was able to feel some how close to each person through the writer's brief and poignant profiles. A very good read!
Jun 27, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
The story was making me very emotional. I know it is a great story however learning about all the passangers and their lives prior to getting on the plane that morning. was making it hard for me to continue. I would love to wait a while and try reading the book again.
I did pass it along to my mother. Hopefully she will be able to read it.
Sep 23, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This was the second time I have read Among the Heroes. This is such a powerful book and one everyone should read. I can not believe the amazing stories told about Flight 93. 9/11 changed America forever and it's important to not forget the courageous acts of so many especially those that lost their lives on Flight 93.
Dec 20, 2012 Mousa rated it really liked it
A story about one of the airplane that was hijacked by terrorists in 9/11. Its showed us how the passengers got horrifying after what these terrorists have done after killing the pilots.

Then, when they found out about that, they decided to fight back and do something rather than dying in silent.
Estevan Alvarado
A story of United Flight 93 hijacked by terrorist on 9/11/2001. Interviews were done of family memebers of the 40 innocent people on board (34 passengers & 6 crew members). Family members discussed the events of 9/11 and the life of their love ones.
Sep 08, 2008 Lennie rated it it was amazing
This book is about the passengers aboard United Flight 93 who fought back against the highjackers on Sept. 11th. I was truly amazed by their bravery in the face of such adversity. They're heros in every sense of the word!
Sep 10, 2007 L.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Piękna książka... wciągająca i wzruszająca. Cóż więcej mogę powiedzieć? Polecam.

"Wszyscy ludzie się boją... ale odważni nie myślą o strachu i idą naprzód! Czasem po śmierć... ale zawsze po zwycięstwo!"
Mar 28, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Highly emotional and very well-written! You truly get to know the unique group of people who were onboard that plane and come as close as one can to living that experience with them. A highly recommended book!
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Apr 01, 2010 a N d i E {o,o} rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! It talked about all the different life stories of all the people who went on the United Flight 93, and it talks about their heroism, and how they fought back. Great book!!!
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