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Into the Darkness by Peter Zimonjic
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Jan 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: history-uk-21stc
Read from January 04 to 05, 2012

A rivetting account of the terrorist attack on London on 7/7/05. A compulsive and rapid read that I couldn't put down. The author, Peter Zimonjic is a Canadian working in London as a journalist for a national newspaper. Taking a tube journey across the capital to research a story, travelling from Paddington on the Circle Line, he was caught up in the carnage and chaos. Uninjured, he was able to convey the confusion, darkness, smoke, panic, tangled wreckage, death and destruction in the Underground.
Zimonjic has pieced together accounts of the horror experienced at Aldgate, King's Cross, Tavistock Square as well as Edgeware Road, after interviews with many survivors. With just basic first aid knowledge he relates how he and others comforted the dying and administered to the injured for the next hour, until eventually emergency services arrived.
Like so many true life accounts of tragedy and horror, this account is rich in pathos and the human spirit that rises from adversity.
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