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Remembering 9/11: 9/11 As It Happened
Remembrances, photographs and accounts of the events of the day.
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Title: Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001
Publisher: Viking Studio
ISBN: 0670031712
Call Number: 973.931 N42A
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Taken by officers of the New York City Police Department, these photographs offer a perspective of the attack on the World Trade Center that was not available to commercial or civilian photographers. From unique aerial shots of the buildings, to up-close pictures of the destruction and rescue and recovery efforts, these pictures form an affecting and behind-the-scenes look at the events of 9/11.

 
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Title: One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
ISBN: 0316525405
Call Number: 973.931 ON2N
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: LIFE magazine assembles a series of powerful photographs on the subject of 9/11, from pictures of the World Trade Center before and after the attacks, to images of people escaping the destruction, firefighters attempting rescues, and everyday Americans dealing with grief. More than just pictures, the book also includes essays on 9/11 and profiles of both those who braved Ground Zero and those who lost loved ones in the destruction. Former Mayor Giuliani provides the introduction.

 
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Title: Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, From Jihad to Ground Zero
Author: Bernstein, Richard
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: 0805072403
Call Number: 973.931 B458O
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Experienced New York Times reporter Richard Bernstein collects and edits the newspaper's September 11th coverage into a seamless and engaging narrative of the day. From moving personal accounts of the people who survived the attacks to profiles of the terrorists who carried them out, the book "provides striking glimpses into the unimaginable human details of the tragedy" (Christian Science Monitor).

 
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Title: Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11
Author: Creed, Patrick and Rick Newman
Publisher: Presidio Press
ISBN: 0891419055
Call Number: 975.5295 C861F
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: "Overshadowed by the calamity in New York, the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was nonetheless a day of extraordinary drama, heroism, and tragedy. With riveting detail and a compelling narrative, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman have done a superb job in Firefight of capturing the courage, chaos, and sacrifice of that remarkable day," writes Steve Vogel, author of The Pentagon: A History. After combing through public records and conducting hundreds of interviews with survivors, military personnel, and firefighters, the authors give a moment-by-moment account of the struggle to save the Pentagon and its employees on the day of the attacks.

 
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Title: 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Author: Dwyer, Jim and Kevin Flynn
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: 0805076824
Call Number: 974.7104 D978O
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn recreate the 102 minute span between the time the first plane hit the Twin Towers at 8:46 AM through to the collapse of the second tower at 10:28 AM. Using eyewitness testimony drawn from thousands of emails, transcripts, and interviews, they show what it was like to be inside the buildings on 9/11. The individual stories of both those who died and those who survived are poignant, and an analysis of how the buildings' faulty design and emergency management system may have led to hundreds of avoidable deaths is deeply disturbing.

 
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Title: Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001
Author: Fink, Mitchell and Lois Mathias
Publisher: Regan Books
ISBN: 0060559705
Call Number: 974.7104 F495N
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Tom Brokaw writes of Never Forget, "The real voices of 9/11 are here, and they will echo down through history as a haunting reminder of loss and hope, courage and heroism." Gossip columnist Mitchell Fink and wife Lois Mathias record oral histories of people whose lives were directly affected by 9/11, including those who survived the World Trade Center collapse, relatives of passengers on Flight 93, and people working in the Pentagon. This is a collection of short but powerful stories that put a human face to the events of the day. Note: limited availability.

 
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Title: Firehouse
Author: Halberstam, David
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 1401300057
Call Number: 363.378 H128F
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: David Halberstam writes of the 13 men of the Engine 40, Ladder 25 firehouse who responded to the World Trade Center attacks, only one of whom would survive. After spending two months living at the firehouse and getting to know the lost 12 firefighters through the stories of their colleagues and families, he paints an up-close and personal picture of the lives cut short and of the ones they left behind. While the book details the heroic actions of the 13 men on the day of the attacks and the heartbreaking aftermath, it also gives insight into the inner workings of a firehouse and the bonds that hold fellow firefighters together.

 
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Title: American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
Author: Langewiesche, William
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 0756787815
Call Number: 974.71 L263A
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: American Ground tells the story of what came to be known by rescue and recovery workers as "the Pile," the remains of the Twin Towers after 9/11. Beginning with a detailed account of exactly how the World Trade Center collapsed, the book then follows the massive clean-up effort that came after. Somehow managing to gain access to Ground Zero, Langewiesche was able to observe first-hand the difficult and oftentimes dangerous work of emergency responders, engineers, and construction workers in the wreckage. Publisher's Weekly calls it "a genuinely monumental story, told without melodrama, an intimate depiction of ordinary Americans reacting to grand-scale tragedy at their best--and sometimes their worst."

 
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Title: Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back
Author: Longman, Jere
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060099089
Call Number: 974.879 L863A
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Jere Longman, a reporter for the New York Times who covered the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, tells the story of what he calls the "brave uprising [that] will surely be remembered as a defining moment in American history." After an extensive investigation in which he interviewed all of the victims' families and those who were in contact with the flight that day, he puts together a thrilling account of the passengers' final moments as they grasp that the flight will be their last and rise up against the terrorists who hijacked the plane. He remembers each one of the passengers in turn, even including some pictures of them that family and friends provided. Their stories are deeply affecting and unforgettable.

 
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Title: September 11: An Oral History
Author: Murphy, Dean
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385507682
Call Number: 973.931 SE63E
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: A reporter for the New York Times, Dean Murphy records interviews with eyewitnesses to the events of 9/11, from people who narrowly escaped with their lives from the World Trade Center, to firefighters and rescue workers, and people who were nearby as the towers collapsed. "Scenes from the lives of those who were closest to the disaster, they provide a crucial and moving record, one guaranteed to produce chills in all but the toughest of readers" (Publisher's Weekly).