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Following the lives of heroes, victims, and terrorists of September 11, 2001, Richard Bernstein, one of The New York Times's most skillful journalists, weaves the complex tale of a multitude of lives colliding in conflagration on that fateful morning. Bernstein takes us inside the al-Qaeda organization and introduces us to police officers and firefighters as well as some of the Trade Center workers who were lost on that day. And we follow the lives of the rest of America in the ...
Following the lives of heroes, victims, and terrorists of September 11, 2001, Richard Bernstein, one of The New York Times's most skillful journalists, weaves the complex tale of a multitude of lives colliding in conflagration on that fateful morning. Bernstein takes us inside the al-Qaeda organization and introduces us to police officers and firefighters as well as some of the Trade Center workers who were lost on that day. And we follow the lives of the rest of America in the hours and days after the attack.
This riveting, incisive, and authoritative account is destined to stand as the essential chronicle of this singular moment in our history.
“An invaluable road map of the events of September 11 . . . A tightly written, lucid account . . . of the tragedy and a fascinating survey of the players and forces that produced it.” —The New York Times
“Provides striking glimpses into the unimaginable human details of the tragedy.” —The Christian Science Monitor
"Bernstein’s narrative is exceptional. His ability to sift through the facts and near-facts of recent terrorism history is unerring. He is a winningly modest writer, but he is not afraid of the poetic." —The Washington Post Book World
Excerpted from Out of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001 by Richard Bernstein, Staff of the New York Times. Copyright © 2002. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
"By the night of September 10, all nineteen men were in their final staging areas—at hotels in Newark, in Maryland, in Boston, and in Portland, Maine. They had a final sheet of instructions provided by Atta that told them what they were supposed to do in their final night on earth. They were to shave excess hair from their bodies. They were to read al-Tawba and Anfal, the traditional war chapters in the Koran and to reflect on the things that God has promised the martyrs. 'Remind your soul to listen and obey,' the instructions read. 'And remember that you will face decisive situations that might prevent you from one hundred percent obedience, so tame your soul, purify, convince it, make it understand, and incite it.'
Probably the men read those paragraphs and reflected on the magnificent deeds they would accomplish for the sake of God and His glory the next morning. Still, there is an almost poignant gesture by one of them, Ziad Jarrah, the young Lebanese who had asked his parents for $700 so he could have some fun. Early on the morning of September 11 he called his girlfriend in Germany. Later she told police that he sounded normal. He said that he loved her.
Copyright © 2002.
|1||"We Saw People Jumping"||1|
|2||Peshawar: The Office of Services||11|
|3||"We're Due for Something"||18|
|4||The Young Man from Saudi Arabia||30|
|5||Glick and Jarrah: An Open Life and a Closed One||46|
|6||Terrorism Arrives in America||59|
|7||Harry Ramos and Victor Wald: The Courage of Strangers||70|
|8||"In Time of War There Is No Death"||78|
|9||Yeneneh Betru: Medicine for the Neediest||95|
|10||The Cell in Hamburg||100|
|11||John Ogonowski: Salt of the Earth||110|
|12||While America Slept||117|
|13||Richard A. Penney: Project Renewal||133|
|14||The Commandos in America||138|
|15||Peter J. Ganci: Born to Fight Fires||149|
|16||The Terrorists Stay One Step Ahead||157|
|17||Like a Knife into a Gift-Wrapped Box||174|
|18||"Protect the White House at All Cost"||187|
|19||"We Had a Lot of Dying and Fire Up There"||199|
|20||The Towers Come Down||227|
|21||A Nation Suspended||245|