Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

My intention today was to tell you about more September new books. However, 9/11 has had such a big impact on all of us that I could not let it pass without paying tribute to those who were there. Many of us, including me, remember waiting to hear if our loved one(s) who were flying that morning or lived or worked in the World Trade Center area were okay. For anyone who wants to read a book or watch a DVD about that day, as your way of paying tribute, here is a list of titles you can reserve with the library by clicking on the title.

Among the heroes : United Flight 93 and the passengers and crew who fought back by Jere Longman. 2002. (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year). The culmination of hundreds of interviews with family members and months of investigation, "Among the Heroes" is the definitive story of the courageous men and women aboard Flight 93, and of the day that forever changed the way Americans view the world and themselves.

America September 11th : the courage to give edited by Jackie Waldman. 2001.
Every tragedy has its heroes, and there were many in the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Jackie Waldman has collected the stories of some of the firefighters, rescue workers, police, medics, relatives of missing loved ones, and strangers who, in the face of horror, sprung into action to save lives and help their communities.

102 minutes : the untold story of the fight to survive inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer.
2005. (National Book Award, NY Times Notable Book of the Year, Quill Award).
New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews; thousands of pages of oral histories; and phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women -- the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished -- who made 102 minutes count as never before.

Firefight : inside the battle to save the Pentagon on 9/11 by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman. 2008. New Book
This fascinating, first-person account of the battle to save the Pentagon on 9/11 portrays the dramatic efforts of hundreds of firefighters, police, and other first responders as they fought to contain the largest building blaze in American history.

Firehouse by David Halberstam. 2002.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offers an intimate portrait of Engine 40, Ladder 35 on the Upper West Side of New York City, which lost 12 men in the World Trade Center attack. Halberstam tells a story that is about the individuals themselves, as well as the effect this cataclysmic event has had on the victims' families, their surviving colleagues, and their community.

Last man down : a firefighter's story of survival and escape from the World Trade Center
by Richard Picciotto. 2002.
The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse--and the last fireman to escape the devastation after being buried alive for four hours--tells his story.

Let's roll! : ordinary people, extraordinary courage by Lisa Beamer. 2002.
(ECPA Chritian Book Awards, Gold Medallion Book Award).
This heartfelt, sensitive book tells Lisa Beamer's story - her marriage to Todd, the events surrounding 9-11, and the aftermath and impact on Lisa, her family, and her country.

Out of the blue : the story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero by Richard Bernstein and the staff of the New York Times. 2002. (Helen Bernstein Book Award, Publisher's Weekly Best Books of the Year).
A gripping and authoritative account of the September 11th attack, its historical roots, and its aftermath. No account of this singular moment in American history will be as sharp, readable, and authoritative as Out of the Blue.

September 11, 2001 : a collection of newspaper front pages selected by the Poynter Institute. 2001.
A collection of 150 front pages from major newspapers throughout the world, "September 11, 2001" presents a stunning, shocking gallery of headlines and images, revealing the world's reactions to the horrendous terrorist attacks of 9/11.

9/11 : press for truth (DVD) written by Ray Nowosielski and Kyle Hence. 2006.
Following the attacks of September 11th, a small group of grieving families waged a war against those who sought to bury the truth concerning the event. This film is based on The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson.

Flight 93 (DVD) written by Nevin Schreiner. (David Gerber Company production in association with Fox Television Studios). 2006.
The heartbreaking true story of the heroic passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Trapped aboard a hijacked flight, these ordinary citizens disregarded their own personal safety to bond togetherand overthrow their terrorist captors.

United 93 (DVD) written by Paul Greengrass. (Universal Pictures). 2006.
Fact-based story about the 40 passengers and crew aboard San Francisco bound flight United 93, who sat down as strangers and found the courage to stand up as one. This hijacked flight was the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001.

World Trade Center written by Andrea Berloff. (Paramount Pictures). 2006.
The true story of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, who volunteered for rescue duty and became trapped in the rubble of the Towers on September 11, 2001. The men became two of the last survivors extracted from Ground Zero. It is a story of the true heroes and of that fateful time in United States history, when buildings would fall and heroes would rise, literally from the ashes to inspire the entire human race.


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