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102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

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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 w
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published January 12th 2005 by Times Books
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Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last moments of Kevin Cosgrove’s life were presented as the Government’s Exhibit P200017 in the case of United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui. Originally labeled the “20th hijacker,” Moussaoui was eventually tried as part of a conspiracy to launch a second wave of attacks against the United States, following September 11, 2001.

Exhibit P200017 is a split-screen video: on the right side of the screen is the South Tower of the World Trade Center; on the left side of the screen, you see the trans
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Mary
Sep 22, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh

My

Goodness

I would put a spoiler alert on this, except that everyone already knows how this story ends.

I almost didn't make it through the book. I originally started reading it because of the technical explanations it had for all the things I never understood fully: the lack of communications, the faulty design of emergency exits in the towers, the layout of the buildings, the timing of the events, and so forth. However, the personal stories of the people involved are interspersed throughout
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Amanda NEVER MANDY
I happened upon this read browsing in the history section for another book. I didn’t have a particular one in mind, just wanted to mix up my reading a bit. I had two others in hand when I saw this one haphazardly shoved into a spot on the shelf and I knew instantly that I had found my next read.

This book is exactly what you think it's about. It’s straight and to the point and it lays out all of the detailed information in a very organized format. I have nothing negative to say about this book a
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Theo
Sep 22, 2008 Theo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any american
Shelves: history, favorites
7 years after the event, I finally dug within myself to find the courage to read this book. I don't think I WANTED to know what happened inside The Towers...it was just TOO close. I was right about that...I didn't want to know. And yet the tying together of this multitude of perspectives to provide a clear picture of the events of those most devastating 102 minutes in our nation's history was done so skillfully as to present an incredibly clear picture of the events. That being said, I can't say ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 09, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing book. Not just because of the true-life accounts of many who survived (or, in many cases, didn't), but mostly because the authors pull no punches in telling the story of 9/11/01.

This isn't a book that bashes the government, both local and national, but it does tell both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. While I was uplifted and encouraged by so many examples of human kindness, I was devastated to read that so very many deaths could have possibly
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Robynne
Sep 25, 2009 Robynne rated it it was amazing
I'll tell your right off - this is a hard book to read. I've actually been working on it for a couple of weeks, but because of the subject matter was only able to handle so much at a time. The authors did an excellent job of pulling together a multitude of accounts and putting them into the timeline of what happened in the Twin Towers on 9/11. They weren't overly dramatic or graphic, but gave a true to life history of what happened there from the inside out, rather than the outside in. I gained ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
It was just another Tuesday morning. I was just rolling out of bed after sleeping in. I made my way to the tv in the living room before i got myself a bowl of cereal. The today show was just coming back from commercial break and I heard Katie Couric's voice saying that what was being displayed on the tv screen was a live shot of what appears to be a small aircraft had just hit one of the Twin Towers.

I looked and stopped pouring my breakfast out. I sat on the sofa and was looking at smoke pouring
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April Lyn
I'm surprised so many people liked this book as much as they did. I didn't think it was very good, and I can't think of anyone I'd recommend it to. I wonder if people just felt obligated to like it due to the subject matter? Or maybe it just reads so much better than it sounds (on audio CD) but I can't imagine the difference is that drastic.

Anyway, I have two big complaints. The first is that there are a ton of names dropped (which is fine), but they will talk about what a person did for five mi
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Bruce
Mar 04, 2012 Bruce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to trash such an enormous amount of reporting, but facts badly strung together do not improve the result by being more numerous.

The reporters' downfall here was the ill-chosen decision to tell the story of the "102 Minutes" in chronological order. All the jumping around from person to person and tower to tower prevents the development of any personalization, any real emotional impact.

There's some interesting background information on the building of the towers and the development of fire
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Rick
Feb 02, 2008 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Extraordinary account of what went on inside the Twin Towers from the first impact on September 11th to the fall of the North Tower 102 minutes later. The authors, two veteran New York reporters, do nothing to embellish or dramatize their account. The prose is spartan, free of useless or striving adjectives or adverbs, and free of any kind of assist the reader with authorial insights into personal courage, dramatic ironies, or embellishments of the action. The authors trust the reader and trust ...more
Ariel
Sep 22, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11
I read this in commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. This book was absolutely gut wrenching. It fact it was so emotionally draining that I had to put it down at times to take a breath and remind myself that I was not trapped in a smokey tower, almost two thousand feet off the ground with no means of escape. As I read it felt like I was traveling through the towers as I spent the last moments of people lives with them.

What I take away from this book was no matter how evil the terro
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Christopher
Jun 13, 2009 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 102 minutes of the title refers to the moment the first plane hit the towers until the second tower fell.

It is well researched and tells the harrowing tales of both survivors and those that died.

A few stories that stand out:

-A 30something year old guy who was doing temp work took one of the express elevators down prior to the attacks and was jumping up and down in the elevator when the first plane hit. The elevator dropped but the safety catch kept him from plummeting to his death. However,
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Lara
Jun 21, 2010 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a Tuesday like any other. I rose after my normal snooze delay, always thankful for a few more minutes of rest, and got ready for work. My daily routine was uneventful. This morning was different, though. Unlike other weekdays the television remained off, freeing me from the usual background chatter of morning news anchors as I dabbed on some mascara and brushed my teeth. I relished the empty house and the total silence. I got in the car, buckled myself in and made a point not to turn on t ...more
Negin
Sep 25, 2016 Negin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I read on 9/11. Although it was definitely a compelling read, I soon got bogged down with too many details, especially about the structure of the towers and the building codes. The authors included lots of information all that. They were extremely thorough, but it soon became rather repetitive.

I loved reading about all the individuals. The self-sacrifice and courage of so many were incredible, but I found it difficult to keep track of all the names. I think that I w
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Sarah
Sep 20, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I wanted to read this book 'cause this year it's 15 years since the 9/11 attacks and I've always been very saddened and disturbed by what happened that day. I was only 8 years old, but I remember the sense of shock and sadness that seemed to sweap over everyone around me. I've seen many documentaries and read many articles about the attacks, and so I wanted to read a book about it.

The story is told in chronological order, starting a few minutes before the first attack. The narrator jumps between
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Tânia
A questão é inevitável: onde estavam no dia 11 de Setembro de 2001?

Acho que toda a gente, ou quase toda a gente, se lembra de onde, quando, e o quê desse dia, tal foi o impacto do acontecimento. No meu caso, encontrava-me em casa da minha melhor amiga, tínhamos ido ao supermercado comprar porcarias e quando regressamos a mãe dela estava sentada no sofá diante da televisão dominada pela imagem das torres gémeas.

Este é um daqueles temas que já fizeram correr muita tinta, mas que, faz hoje precisa
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Mike
I read this book to rekindle my flagging support for our war in Afghanistan (a result of reading War, which tells the story of so many brave men in an impossible area). What better way to refuel my rage than to read about the 102 minutes of terror that emanated from the terrorist refuge in Kandahar. But I came away with a completely different, unexpected result. I come away inspired and humbled by the stories of that day in the towers told in this riveting account. The self-sacrifice and courage ...more
Caroline
I got about 50 pages into this book and then had to do some really hard thinking about what I was getting out of it. A LOT of crying, for sure. But I wasn't sure what else. Would I actually learn something new and useful, or put myself through an emotional ringer and just be the same person I was before? I found myself thinking about Dave Cullen's book on the Columbine shootings. In so many ways that book made me a better citizen, a more educated citizen, and hopeful (Frank DeAngelis should be n ...more
Alyssa Potasznik
Stunning book. Visceral, well-researched, heartbreaking, doesn't pull any punches- whether with regard to the construction of the WTC and the Port Authority's deliberate ignoring of safety standards that would have saved victims, to the interviews with survivors, to the frank discussion of American foreign policy following the attack, to the explanation of the deadly enmity between the NYPD and FDNY- enmity that eventually led to more casualties, while still treating all involved with the utmost ...more
Lauren Hopkins
Apr 30, 2015 Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent account of what went on inside the World Trade Center towers immediately before, during, and after the planes hit on September 11. The narrative takes readers through the 102 minutes after the first plane crashed and until the final remaining tower fell, during which the 14,000 people in the towers fought to live despite the badly organized NYPD & FDNY joint rescue effort, the lack of stairways open to those trying to escape, and the general confusion from people who had ...more
Nshslibrary
Jan 15, 2015 Nshslibrary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“102 minutes” by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn is a non fiction book written about what the tragedy of 9/11 was like inside the towers. Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn (employees at the New York Times) investigate deeper into the story. The two men are able to incorporate many stories told by the survivors. The stories are told from the eyes of the survivors giving you a real picture and image of what it was like.

This intriguing book will make it hard to ever put the book down. With it’s fascinating detai
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Ashley W
I was ten years old and in 5th grade on that day. Nothing was told to us during the school day, though I do remember that my teacher being a bit more subdued than usual. When I got home from school that day, I saw that my mom was home, which was unusual. She worked at a bank and usually didn't get off of work for another hour or so. I asked why she was home and she told me that all federal business got out early. Then, I remember her asking me if I knew where the World Trade Center was. I didn't ...more
Jessica Lewis
Aug 04, 2016 Jessica Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I would have picked this book up if not for book club, but I am glad. It was less sad than I thought, partly because knowing the subject matter ahead of time, it was easier for me to be prepared for the heart-breaking exchanges of people saying goodbye to their families. Also partly because of the kind of clinical way the authors described the people and events. But you aren't prepared for the anger at all the stupid little things that could have prevented and saved thousands of li ...more
Emily
Mar 04, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the book I'm reading for English non-fiction. It's really interesting and I love it so far. It's a bit depressing though, but if you are interested in this type of stuff, I'd read it. It really tells you more about
9-11 than anyother news report!!
Kaylee Noll
102 Minutes: The untold story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer

I read the book 102 minutes by Jim Dwyer. This book was a collaboration of stories of people who were in the world trade center buildings the day of the attack that gave true stories from people inside of the building as well as details about the building that may have been a downfall. The book was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone that loves a historical read, it had stories that I was absolutely
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Mishehu
Jan 06, 2014 Mishehu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like nearly everyone else on the planet, I remember exactly where I was as the towers tragedy unfolded: in Cambridge, MA, at some now defunct electronics shop, watching on a wall of televisions screens, in real time, as the second tower was hit, and then as the second and then the first tower collapsed. The images of that day are forever seared on my mind's eye. Reading 102 Minutes I learned a great deal about the events of 9/11 that I hadn't known, and about some of the people who experienced i ...more
Kelly
Aug 13, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling and painful story. The loss of life that day was something I hope we never experience again. The willingness of civilians to protect and rescue each other fills my heart with much needed hope.

I listened to this book with my husband who provided another take and opinion. Neither of us feel this book missed its emotional mark, but being an architect, my husband felt that some (much) of the "facts" relating to the fire proofing, stair access and the like was not accurately pre
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Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
I don't know if I can actually write a review of this one, but I will try. Full review to come, hopefully, eventually.

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Rating: 5 Stars

I mean, really. How do you write a review about a book like this? I am not sure, but I will try. Though, I am fairly confident I will meet the same challenges here that I did when I reviewed Flight 93 by Tom McMillan, and I probably won't do this
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Very early on in this book the authors make a statement that comes partly as a shock, partly as a revelation:
"... simply to declare that the hijackers alone killed all those people gives them far more credit as tacticians than they are due. The buildings themselves became weapons... so, too, did a sclerotic emergency response culture in New York that resisted reform...
" At least 1,500 people in the trade centre - and possibly many more - survived the initial crashes but died because they were un
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Sigrid
May 30, 2013 Sigrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book that depicts what happened in the World Trade Towers on September 11th! In a very compelling way, the authors describe through personal accounts and interviews, radio dispatches and 911 phone call transcripts the struggle for survival. So many people were able to escape that day (Yay!!) and had there been other measures in place, many more of the people could've gotten out--probably most.

I marveled at how the authors presented in an easy format some of the problems: the his
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