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The only plane in the sky : an oral history of 9/11 / Garrett M. Graff.

Author/Creator:
Graff, Garrett M., 1981- author.
Other Title:
Oral history of 9/11
Oral history of Nine Eleven
Oral history of September 11
Edition:
First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
xxii, 483 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects:
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y. : 1970-2001).
Pentagon (Va.).
September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001).
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Personal narratives.
Terrorism -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- 21st century.
Terrorism.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Oral histories.
Personal narratives.
Oral histories.
Summary:
Journalist and historian Garrett Graff tells the story of September 11, 2001 as it was lived, in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints a vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks. Beginning in the predawn hours of airports in the Northeast, we meet the ticket agents who unknowingly usher terrorists onto their flights, and the flight attendants inside the hijacked planes. In New York City, first responders confront a scene of unimaginable horror at the Twin Towers. From a secret bunker underneath the White House, officials watch for incoming planes on radar. Aboard the small number of unarmed fighter jets in the air, pilots make a pact to fly into a hijacked airliner if necessary to bring it down. In the skies above Pennsylvania, civilians aboard United Flight 93 make the ultimate sacrifice in their place. Then, as the day moves forward and flights are grounded nationwide, Air Force One circles the country alone, its passengers isolated and afraid. More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, this is the historic narrative of how ordinary people grappled with extraordinary events in real time: the father and son working in the North Tower, caught on different ends of the impact zone; the firefighter searching for his wife who works at the World Trade Center; the operator of in-flight telephone calls who promises to share a passenger’s last words with his family; the beloved FDNY chaplain who bravely performs last rites for the dying, losing his own life when the Towers collapse; and the generals at the Pentagon who break down and weep when they are barred from rushing into the burning building to try to rescue their colleagues. A tribute to the courage of everyday Americans, The Only Plane in the Sky weaves together the personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama on a day that changed the course of history and all of our lives.
Contents:
Aboard the International Space Station
September 10th
Tuesday begins
Checking in
8:00 a.m. in New York City
The hijackings
Inside air traffic control
The first plane
The second hijacking
The military gears up
The second plane
Live, on air
At Emma Booker Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida
First reactions in D. C.
American Airlines Flight 77
The third plane
On Capitol Hill
Flight 93 in peril
The World Trade Center evacuation
Jumping
The FAA makes history
The Trade Center rescue continues
The first collapse
Inside the cloud
Inside the PEOC
The military responds
The fourth crash
Fear at the Pentagon
The first casualty
Around the towers
After the collapse
The rescue at Shanksville
At school in Arlington, Virginia
Aboard Air Force One, somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico
Among those who knew
Escaping the Pentagon
In between collapses
The second collapse
Trapped in the ruins
After the collapse
At the waterfront
Midmorning at the Pentagon
Midmorning at the Capitol
With the Secretary of Defense
At Barksdale Air Force Base
Midday in New York City
Midday in Washington
Airborne, somewhere over the plains
Afternoon in Shanksville
At Mount Weather
At Ground Zero
At the hospitals
The 9/11 generation
At Offutt Air Force Base
Afternoon in America
Searching
9/11 at sea
Afternoon at the Pentagon
Airborne en route to Andrews Air Force Base
Evening in Washington
In the Oval Office
The evening of 9/11
The day ends
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-462) and index.
ISBN:
9781501182204
150118220X
OCLC:
1107435031
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