Summary: Years in the making, this spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative is an unforgettable portrait of 9/11. This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life--and in some cases, bringing back to life--the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history. Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.Content Notes:
Maps -- Introduction: the darkness of ignorance -- Prologue: a clear declaration of war -- Part I: Fall from the sky. Quiet's a good thing ; He's NORDO ; A beautiful day to fly ; I think we're being hijacked ; Don't worry, Dad ; The start of World War III ; Beware any cockpit intrusion ; America is under attack ; Make him brave ; Let's roll -- Part II: Fall to the ground. We need you ; How lucky am I? ; God save me! ; We'll be brothers for life ; They're trying to kill us, boys ; They done blowed up the Pentagon ; I think those buildings are going down ; To run, where the brave dare not go ; Remember this name ; This is your plane crash ; Mayday, mayday, mayday! -- Part III: Rise from the ashes. Your sister and niece will never be lonely -- Appendix 1: the fallen -- Appendix 2: timeline of key events on September 11, 2001.Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 505-566) and index.