The Only Plane in the Sky: The Oral History of 9/11
"Although many years have passed since 9/11, this book, told with such immediacy, brings so vividly back to mind the shock of that day, and why it continues to shape the tragic history that has followed."
-Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower
"The Only Plane in the Sky is a stunning and important work-chilling, heartbreaking-and I cannot stop thinking about it. To...more
The one thing that I didn’t love is there’s lots of people cited so it’s hard to keep track of certain stories or events over 400+ pages.
I like millions of others who were alive and of age will always remember September 11, 2001 in disbelief, horror, astoundment, and tears. I was ...more
I'd read the original magazine article that formed the basis of the book, and I remember ...more
(Pg.55)-“Peter Hanson,32, traveling with his wife, Sue Kim, 35, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Christine, called his father. Christine would be the youngest victim on September 11th.”
(Pg. 192)-“Frederick Terna, Holocaust survivor and Brooklyn resident: As ashes were falling, I was back in Auschwitz, with ashes coming down. In Auschwitz, I knew what the ashes were. Here, I assumed I ...more
If I could give this book 1,000 stars, I would. I recommend every person to read this impactful novel.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙊𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙋𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙠𝙮 is an incredible narrative ...more
If you like non-fiction at all, this book should be on your TBR.
Graff begins the narrative on the day prior to September 11th, 2001, and then continues his story into the weeks and months following the tragedy. The book is essentially a compilation of recently declassified documents, interviews, eyewitness accounts, and oral histories from many of those who were impacted by the 9/11 attacks. At times, Graff inserts his own, unbiased commentary for the purpose of reorienting the reader in different ...more
They say that you can remember exactly where you were when you heard about 9/11 even though I was over in London, UK. I was actually working for an American company ...more
If you’re going to read this, have a box of tissues ready.
Garrett Graff was able to hundreds of testimonies for this amazing tribute and his incredible work deserves to be noticed. He truly let the survivors, their families, and political staff speak for themselves and share their stories of what happened September 11,2001 and the days, months, and years ...more
I thought I knew the story of 9/11. This masterful book unveiled that historic day through hundreds of compiled stories. Stories of gut wrenching loss and glimmers of hope. Stories I had never heard, but for which I am better after ...more
The book covers oral accounts of those at ground zero or nearby, of families, friends, work ...more
[The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral history of 9/11] by [[Garrett M. Graff]]
If you only read one book about 9/11 in your lifetime, this should be the one. Working with oral historians, Graff has cobbled together a remarkable narrative of the events of the day and the day after, as well as an epilogue that follows up on the US response and the lives of some of the speakers. Hundreds of people's stories are included, from the obvious (the president, Veep, Secretary of Defense, and Mayor Giuliani ...more
I had heard stories of where my parents and grandparents were when JFK was killed. When Princess Diana died, I thought, this is my JFK moment and I remember everything about that night. Little did I know that in a few short years, I would have a series of days forever etched in my memory; a story I would share countless times after waiting for someone to finish their story so I could have another opportunity to process what I experienced. We don’t talk ...more
The way all of the interviews are broken down into chronological order and pieced together is amazing. I can't imagine how much time it took to compile and organize all of these interviews.
I was definitely one of those people glued to the TV on 9/11/01. This book was great to fill in some of the blanks, especially in regards to the planes that crashed at the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.
I might need to buy it. With a 4.85 rating here on Goodreads, I suspect it might be my favorite book of 2019. The saddest too, but overall it will probably top my list.