God Bless America

Okay, “God Bless America” is a little broad but in remembrance of 9/11, I wanted to share a few of what I consider to be the best two 9/11 books and the best two 9/11 documentaries:

Book: 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
This is the best book I’ve read about 9/11…and I’ve read A LOT OF BOOKS ABOUT IT.  It goes through the 102 minutes between the first tower being hit and the second tower falling.  It bounces between people stuck, people evacuating, etc. but everything is 100% true – they got the info from first person accounts, phone records, etc.  It reads like a thriller and even though you know how it ends it’s a page turner.  Through the terrible tragedy of the day, you still see little pockets of hope from people helping people.

Book: Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust
This is a really sweet book that’s the true story about a legally blind man who worked on the 78th floor of Tower One, and with his guide dog Roselle, escaped before the tower collapsed.  It’s filled with stories of people helping people and dogs helping people.  So good!

Documentary: 102 Minutes That Changed America
This is a really great documentary that A&E Produced (and usually airs every year) that shows the 102 minutes between the first plane hitting the towers and the second tower collapsing.  The entire documentary is in real time, with no narrator, just footage gathered from news cameras, personal cameras, and 911 tapes.  It’s super chilling but really good look at exactly what happened.

Documentary: 9/11
This is a super good documentary was originally broadcast on CBS, and was being made as a documentary about a rookie class of firefighters at one Manhattan firehouse that was a few blocks from the World Trade Center.  During their last couple days of filming, their cameras actually caught the first plane hitting the towers on video.  The real-footage documentary watches like a Hollywood movie, with some firefighters returning at the end of the action and some still missing.  It is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

Let’s all use today to remember why we love our free, diverse, and wonderful country.  Never forget!

tl;dr:
102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin TowersThunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

102 Minutes That Changed America

9/11

Filed under: Reading, TV/MoviesSeptember 2017