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  • ISBN-13: 9780099492566
  • Publisher: Arrow Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005

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Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn
Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn
Native New Yorkers and veteran reporters, New York Times writers Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn offer a jarring look at what went on in the Twin Towers on 9/11. "In this heart-stopping, meticulous account of the minutes between the first plane crash and the collapse of the north tower, Dwyer and Flynn unflinchingly place the reader in the minds and hearts of the people who actually confronted our worst fears," writes James B. Stewart in The New York Times Book Review.

Biography

Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, native New Yorkers, veteran newspaper reporters, and winners of many awards together and separately, now write for The New York Times. Dwyer is co-author of Two Seconds Under the World, an account of the 1993 effort to knock down the World Trade Center, and of Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted. He is also the author of Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York City Subway. Flynn, a special projects editor at the Times, was the newspaper's police bureau chief on September 11. He previously worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, and the Stamford Advocate.

Author biography courtesy of Henry Holt and Company.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jim Dwyer
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Dwyer: B.S., Fordham, 1979; M.S., Columbia, 1980. Flynn: B.A., Brown, 1978; M.S., Columbia, 1979

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    HORRIBLY EXCELLENT!!!!

    I find it interesting that most of the reviews of this book are rather lenghty. Is it due to the excellent writing of the two authors or could it be that we are given the opportunity to recall and recount our individual feelings of that day? Perhaps it is a combination of both. As I read, a visual reminder replayed over and over in my mind. Thank you Barnes and Noble for making this accounting of those events available. And may we NEVER FORGET!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I read this book in paper form over a year ago, and still think back on it from time to time. Very well written, with incredible insight from people who were really there. This is one I'll read again, and I don't say that about many books.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    This was an absolutely amazing book. Not just because of the true-life accounts of many who survived (or, in many cases, didn't), but mostly because the authors pull no punches in telling the story of 9/11/01.<BR/><BR/>This isn't a book that bashes the government, both local and national, but it does tell both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. While I was uplifted and encouraged by so many examples of human kindness, I was devastated to read that so very many deaths could have possibly been avoided, if there had just been better communication between political-minded departments.<BR/><BR/>Also, the fact that so many shortcuts were taken in building the World Trade Center, simply to create more rentable space, shows just how far people will go to make a buck. It saddens me that so many lives might have been saved if there were more staircases, if they had been spread out more, if they had had proper fireproofing.<BR/><BR/>If you're interested at all in the story that is 9/11, then this is a must-read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    A gripping, compelling piece of investigative reporting that shows what it was like to be in the World Trade Center on September 11th.

    It seems hard to believe that we're approaching the 10th anniversary of September 11th. At the time, I had just moved to Manhattan about two weeks before the attacks. When it happened, I was alone in a Greenwich Village apartment scared out of my mind. I remember hearing the roar of American Airlines Flight 11 as it flew over my roof before crashing into the North Tower. I remember seeing an armed military fighter jet flying overhead ready to shoot down any more hijacked planes. I remember hearing people hysterically crying as they returned to my apartment building and made their way up the corridor of steps that passed my door. I could go on, but I can only offer a limited scope on a day that defies all magnitude.

    I've wanted to read 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn for quite some time now. And I'm not afraid to say, it took me awhile to gather my courage before I could pick it up. I wasn't sure that even 10 years later I was ready to read about what happened inside the towers on that fateful day. The horror is beyond all imagining, but Dwyer and Flynn provide an important historical resource filled with humanity and backed by a gargantuan reporting effort. The amount of facts, interviews, phone recordings and email accounts is seamlessly woven into a gripping narrative that is utterly fascinating. I could not put it down once I started and ended up finishing the book in two days. The writers' ability to make you feel like you are inside the towers while these catastrophic events are unfolding is nothing short of investigative journalism at its best.

    What surprised me is that even after a decade of continuous media coverage there was still so much that I learned for the first time in this book. There were roughly 14,000 people in the towers when the first plane struck and over 12,000 made it out alive. That is a staggering number. When they descended multiple stories of narrow staircases, the survivors then had to exit a lobby from which bodies and fiery debris were dropping from above. The fact that so many were able to safely evacuate is astounding.

    There are so many individual stories profiled in the book, but one that stands out for me is Battalion Chief Orio J. Palmer, a marathon runner and FDNY firefighter. His determination led him to climb 78 stories to reach the impact zone of the South Tower. He made it to an elevator staging bay where people would transfer to complete their ascent or descent. Many were waiting here when American Airlines Flight 175 slammed through. The death and destruction Palmer witnessed and radioed back was beyond belief. The saddest thing is that despite a valiant effort he too perished minutes later when the South Tower collapsed.

    A poignant section features photographs taken inside the towers that day. You see Palmer in full uniform in the lobby. You see NYPD officer Moira Smith escort an injured man to safety before she herself perished in the collapse. You see pictures taken by survivor John Labriola as he snapped images of firefighters rushing up the stairs while a whole line of people trickle down and the lobby of the North Tower whose windows overlook a plaza filled with burning debris. These images are haunting as they offer a fleeting glimpse inside a moment of history.

    The horror of the day is told in pieces, but it adds up to a frightening whole.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Powerful & haunting

    For most people the images of 9/11 are indelibly burned into my brain. I watched the Twin Towers explode, burn & collapse but never really connected with the hundreds of people who were fighting for survival & those who attempted to rescue them inside of those buildings. 102 Minutes... paints a vivid picture of these courageous souls' struggles & the obstacles they encountered while trying to reach safety. After reading this book, those images are now viewed from a totally different perspective. I no longer just see structures but focus on the lives saved & lost within. This book is unforgettable.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    This book really puts you in the place of what happened, the horror and pain and fear that gripped everyone involved.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    102 Minutes, Remembering the unspoken heroes

    102 Minutes is a well researched, interesting book. It is details stories of individuals while still progressing through the events of 9/11. It was informative and though some legal parts were dull, they were spread out enough to keep the flow of the story. I liked reading about personal stories of people who were actually there instead of a generic history. I would recommend this book to anyone, but I would keep in mind that the book can be sad especially if you know someone who was in or near the Twin Towers on 9/11 or if you were there yourself. I think that 102 minutes did a great job of telling some of the stories of the unspoken heroes whose job was not to save lives but who did so anyway, many at the cost of their own lives. We owe them the honor of remembering them, and that is exactly what 102 Minutes did.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Riveting

    This book tells stories that have never been told. It puts the reader on the floors above the impact, from the eyes of a man who saw the plane coming, the 1st Responders and the survivors. We must never forget!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    This book was very dry

    I thought this book would be excellent but it was very dry. It was work to get through and I could not even make myself finish it. There were a million names on one page and it got overwhelming. I do not reccomend it. There was the occasional juicy part but most of it was boring and dry.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Well researched account of the events of the terriorist attack on The Twin Towers

    The detailed account of this attack was informative and riviting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Thorough Report

    This is a great book that tells the 9/11 personal experience story. The day was so confusing that I can see how many conspiracy theories developed. I don't know what happened in all the reaches of the world that brought us to this day, but this book illuminates the stories of some of the people that lived & some that died & shows us that some of those conspiritorial theories are dispelled by first hand accounts. It is dense with those stories & has a good timeline of the events of the day. It reflects the ordinary heroism that was characteristic of many regular people that day as well as the bravery of the first repsonders who went in to rescue the people inside. I'm reading it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Good Information

    This book was good. Dragged a little bit here and there and I found myself skipping paragraphs here and there because I felt like it was kinda rambling but overall it had alot of good information in it. I didnt really know a ton of background on 9/11 and the world trade centers and this book was eye opening to what really was going on and what really happened. Good book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Recommended reading

    I thought it was a good book. However, I found it difficult to keep up with all of the people whose story was being told. It jumped back and forth too much. I am glad I read it. The stories were heart wrenching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Struggle to Survive

    102 Minutes was an emotional and amazing book. It showed personal accounts of victims, heroes, survivors, and more involved in the tragedy on September 1, 2001. Information is gathered through sent emails, phone calls, and interviews. This displayed the horrifying events that unfolded 9/11, at a deeper, more intense, and personal level. You meet people who show up to work as usual and how drastically and quickly their entire life changes. You meet average people, like Stephen Miller, or handicapped people, and the numerous heroes that gave their life to save thousands, such as Frank De Martini. I thoroughly enjoyed but was heartbroken by the stories of the heroes and citizens that were inside the Twin Towers the day of the attack. Thousands of Americans experienced the terror from the TV screen or from the outside but few could feel the way the victims in the inside felt. There was a lot of research put into the people and the feelings of them and their families during those 102 minutes. The authors also put in so much vivid detail, the way the tower was built, how it changed from the 1993 bombing, the inability of the police and firemen to coordinate and make a uniform plan for escape, etc. These are the type of things that added the extra detail and made it easy for the audience to visualize the horror that was taking place in the Twin Towers. Despite the emotional and astonishing stories, I felt that so much was crammed into the book. There were so many people and it began getting hard to figure out who was who and what happened to them earlier. I would only change the amount of personal accounts they focused on and narrow it down to a few main stories. I definitely think this is worth reading. I would recommend to anyone. It brings 9/11 back alive. It is emotional and intense but amazing to see the way victims handled the day with such composure and bravery. The amount of courage it takes to survive or help others seems to be the theme of this book. All the accounts in this story show what it takes to have courage and survive. Even if they did not make it out of the towers, they were brave. The courage of the people involved in this is beyond what most of us can imagine. This book is 4 stars out of 5. It is meticulously researched and so vivid. It is a moving book that is hard to put down, a must read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    A Heart-Stopping Book

    102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn is the story of the events that unfolded at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, told from the people on the inside. Clips and excerpts from millions of phone calls, texts, emails, and later interviews were put together into one to show the struggles people faced to survive inside the Twin Towers during those minutes of disaster. The story begins on that morning, at if it was just another Tuesday like any other. You're introduced to people as they arrive for work and begin their morning routines, like Frank de Martini, a man who worked in the North Tower. You also learn about the many workers and people attending a conference at the Windows on the Worlds restaurant on the 106th and 107th floors in the North building. As the morning and story progresses you read fearful as the first tower is hit and the panic spreads quickly through the tower and next door into the South Tower. Many questions arise in the first few minutes after the first tower is hit and you read in horror as the South Tower is told "Building 2 is secure. There is no need to evacuate Building 2." (72) just minutes before Building 2 itself was struck by United Flight 175. The rest of the story the heart wrenching and saddening events as people fight to make it out of the Twin Towers alive before their collapse. The novel also tells about the building errors and cut corners that were taken to save money during the building stage and contributed greatly to the imminent fall. The subject in this book is bravery which contributes to the theme that extraordinary amounts of bravery were seen on this day during the attacks. Both showed bravery as they fought to not only save themselves but also the others around them like the ten colleagues that carried quadriplegic John Abruzzo down from the 69th floor. This reoccurring message seen throughout the book captivates you in a way that tugs at your heart and emotions, making it unable to put down the book once you have begun. The firsthand material from the midst of the disaster itself makes the book even more personal as you meet the people and become connected with their situations and struggles. But within the drama and disaster of the story Dwyer and Flynn go deep into the politics, contracts, and corruption that surrounded the World Trade Center which became confusing and hard to follow at times. 102 Minutes is a must read that tugs on your emotions and captivates your heart and mind, you will not be able to stop turning the pages as the events unfold before your eyes. Although this book contains some graphic images and controversial statements biased to the authors point of view. Another work related to the tragedy of 9/11 that must be read is called Touching Home by Lynn Spencer. I give this powerful story a overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars and think that everyone should read this book to be reminded of the great sacrifices that were made that terrible day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Intense!

    I'm over halfway through this book and truly appreciate all the research the authors did to bring us the details of the 102 minutes. My only disappointment is that in the eBook version I was unable to read the informational diagrams as they are absolutely tiny. I actually borrowed a hard copy from the library so I could see what I was missing.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Amazed!

    I had not read any of these facts and was totally captivated and engaged. This is a fascinating book but the information makes the losses of 9/11 even more tragic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Riveted!

    My family was residing out of the US when 9-11 happened. I read this book just before the September 2011 happenings in NYC, Washington, DC and PA. This account about the Twin Towers kept me riveted throughout my reading. Emotions of extreme sadness washed over me often, especially when I realized that both towers were gone within the titled "102 Minutes!" Dwyer and Flynn's words drew the reader into the experience without morbidity. I'm thankful for their care in researching and reporting these events, especially as we remember ALL those impacted by 9-11.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    We'll never forget

    Well today is the tenth aniversory of 9/11 and they are rebuilding the WTC and making a momoreal for the fallen out of where the towers use to stand and making them into the worlds largest man made water fall and im glad that they are doing that i dont have this book

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    This book will take a great deal of courage for me to read

    I read parts of this when it was originally published. I bought the book and will read it some time in what I hope will be the very near future - when I am able to work up the courage to open the cover. Based on what I read previously, I can say, without any reservations, that this is one of the most powerful pieces of literature you will ever read.

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