102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I looked and stopped pouring my breakfast out. I sat on the sofa and was looking at smoke pouring ...more
This book tells the tales of those that were in the towers from the time the first 'plane struck to the the falling of the North Tower. Needless to say this is a moving book. It seems ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
This intriguing book will make it hard to ever put the book down. With it’s fascinating detai ...more
9-11 than anyother news report!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
"... 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 ...more
I marveled at how the authors presented in an easy format some of the problems: the his ...more
The meticulous reportaging and superior writing on display in 102 Minutes have earned its authors high praise. Piecing together this unsentimental account from interviews, voicemail messages, e-mails, government documents, and other sources, The New York Times journalists have created an exquisitely detailed account of how thousands of individuals experienced two of the most difficult hours in U.S. history. Alternating between an intensely personal narrative style and thoughtful, critical questi...more