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.
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About the Author
Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University. He covered 9/11 for the Boston Globe, and wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks. Zuckoff is the author of seven previous nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller “13 Hours,” which became the basis of the Paramount Pictures movie of the same name. As a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting and the winner of numerous national awards. He lives outside Boston with his family.
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Thank you for this tremendous undertaking.
By my back of the envelop count, I have probably read 10,000 books in my almost 60 years on the planet. Of all those tomes, few, have touched me as deeply as this recent release: “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” by Michael Zuckoff. This is a book I implore all of you to read. My endorsement stems not from a desire to underscore an excruciatingly painful episode in the American timeline or encourage those of you who have forgotten, to remember the horrific events of 9/11. Instead, my recommendation to read this remarkable narrative is steeped in my hope that in doing so, readers will be moved, inspired and uplifted by stories of courage, bravery and selflessness rarely matched before or since in the American compendium of events. As intricately and painfully reconstructed by author, Zuckoff, 9/11 was a day in which average people performed bravely; heroically; many, making the ultimate sacrifice in an unselfish desire to help another human being regardless of race, gender, political affiliation or sexual preference. As a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon, I recall running from the stricken structure moments after American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building, and after recapturing my bearings, fleeing, with self-preservation my only focus. In the subsequent 18 years I have often wondered what was going at the impact area , 75 or so yards from where I sat at my desk. As this book recounts in painful detail, extreme acts of heroism by ordinary people who performed extraordinary feats as many of us fled. I was moved beyond words by passages illuminating the deeds of those heroic few and their actions leave me profoundly humbled. Many hours after the Pentagon attack, Metro service was restored and I was able to begin my two hour trek back home to my family at Fort Meade. Even today, 18 years removed from the event, I recall that ride as surreal. I remember tears, confusion and somber solace. I also remember that never before or never since feeling more an American. Please do yourself a favor and read this book.