102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Nonfiction

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn book cover, 2005
ISBN 9780805076820
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The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute counted, from the perspective of those who survived.

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102 Minutes is a taut blend of narrative and investigative journalism that takes readers inside the Twin Towers on the morning of September 11. Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn’s painstaking reconstruction reveals that poor design and emergency preparedness trapped hundreds of people who might otherwise have survived. The authors also tell vivid and poignant stories about individuals struggling to stay alive, or to say goodbye. A moving, enraging and cautionary book, 102 Minutesreminds us how quickly events—even ones as exhaustively covered as 9/11—become mythologized and misunderstood.

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