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Garrett M Graff

The Only Plane in the Sky : An Oral History of 9/11 (Hardcover)

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The award-winning journalist and author of <i>Raven Rock<i> shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends, and family members.bers. <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER </b> <p></p><b>&quot;This is history at its most immediate and moving...A marvelous and memorable book.&quot; --Jon Meacham </b> <p></p><b>&quot;Remarkable...A priceless civic gift...On page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken.&quot; --<i>The Wall Street Journal </i></b> <p></p><b>&quot;Visceral...I repeatedly cried...This book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day.&quot; --NPR </b> <p></p><b>&quot;Had me turning each page with my heart in my throat...There's been a lot written about 9/11, but nothing like this. I urge you to read it.&quot; --Katie Couric </b> <p></p><b>The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.</b> <p></p>Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright's <i>The Looming Tower</i>, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to <i>The 9/11 Commission Report</i>, the government's definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this point--a 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it. <p></p>Now, in <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i>, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was <i>lived</i>--in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published 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 the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet. <p></p>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. <p></p>More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> 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. <p></p>At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.</i></i>

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The award-winning journalist and author of Raven Rock shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends, and family members.bers. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This is history at its most immediate and moving...A marvelous and memorable book." --Jon Meacham

"Remarkable...A priceless civic gift...On page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken." --The Wall Street Journal

"Visceral...I repeatedly cried...This book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day." --NPR

"Had me turning each page with my heart in my throat...There's been a lot written about 9/11, but nothing like this. I urge you to read it." --Katie Couric

The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.

Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to The 9/11 Commission Report, the government's definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this point--a 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it.

Now, in The Only Plane in the Sky, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was lived--in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published 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 the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.

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, The Only Plane in the Sky 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.

At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, The Only Plane in the Sky weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.
• Author: Garrett M Graff • ISBN:9781501182204 • Format:Hardcover • Publication Date:2019-09-10

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Language
English
Publisher
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
512
Author
Garrett M Graff
Title
The Only Plane in the Sky
ISBN-13
9781501182204
Publication Date
September, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.30 x 6.30 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
150118220X

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When we, as a nation, were brought to our knees.

I have just started this book, but given the material involved and memories. This will take some time. The sight of the Twin Towers, falling. Difficult subject matter.

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