Sunday, 11 September 2011

THAT DAY IN SEPTEMBER: Four books reflect on the unimaginable horrors of 9/11

TEN YEARS LATER: As the world pauses this week to honour the memory of those who lost their lives a decade ago in the horrific September 11 terrorist attack in the United States, a quartet of publications that explore tales of heroism and the lingering emotional toll associated with the catastrophic event – the worst ever in human history.

A Decade of Hope
Dennis Smith
Viking Adult, 2011
Former firefighter and bestselling author (Report from Ground Zero) conducts a series of interviews with the heroes and families of those most affected by the tragedy either through feats of bravery in the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up in the face of unimaginable loss. Providing an intimate look at a terrible moment in history and its challenging and difficult aftermath, Smith allows these survivors to share their stories of loss, endurance, and resilience in their own words.

That Day in September
Artie Van Why
Lulu.com, 2006
That Day in September, which the Los Angeles Times calls “harrowing,” takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from That Day In September with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

Escape From Tower One
Marianne Millnamow
Millnamow, 2011
Hailed by readers as “gripping” and “extraordinary,” Escape is true story of Vinnie Borst, an employee of the Port Authority who survived the World Trade Centre attack and led others to safety from the 82nd floor of the North Tower. It’s regarded as a compelling account of one man’s heroic actions in the face of tragedy.

Ghosts of 9/11
Stephen D. Sullivan
Amazon, 2010
The five stories in this collection were written by Sullivan in the hours and days immediately following the 9/11 attacks. What distinguishes the book as a triumph lies in how it showcases the author's attempts to not only come to terms with the disaster but what it would mean for his nation, and the world, in the days to follow.

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