"Heartbreaking and inspiring" (Boston Herald)
"With its tragic and preordained conclusion, the book becomes a tearjerker in the most essential way" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Writing in a way that confers dignity on each subject ... This is one book that will stay with readers for a long time" (People)
"Insightful, compassionate and unrelievedley tense" (Baltimore Sun)
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At 8.46 am on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the Twin Towers in New York. To them it was just the start of another routine day at work. Over the next 102 minutes each would become part of a drama that changed the world forever.
Of the millions of words written about that unforgettable day, most have been by outsiders. But New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn report solely from the perspective of those struggling to survive inside the towers; 102 Minutes is the epic account of ordinary men and women finding the bravery and courage to overcome unbelievable odds.
Fateful split second decisions, chance encounters in smoke-filled stairwells, the heroism of the emergency services who climbed up as everyone else was coming down -- this is the authoritative account of the men and women in the World Trade Centre- the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished.
'A heart-stopping, meticulous account ... a fitting tribute to the people caught up in one of the great dramas of our time ... a cathartic release' New York Times
'Insightful, compassionate and unrelievedley tense' Baltimore Sun
'Writing in a way that confers dignity on each subject ... This is one book that will stay with readers for a long time' People