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From The Newseum, America's first interactive museum of news, comes the definitive book detailing behind-the-scenes stories of how journalists covered the deadly assaults of September 11, 2001. Three kinds of people instinctively run toward danger—firefighters, police officers, and journalists. Collected here are dramatic first-person stories of more than 100 reporters and photographers who raced to the scenes of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania. With a moving foreword by NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw, Running Toward Danger is arranged along a chronological timeline of the day and is illustrated with more than 100 photographs, many of them rarely seen. The book documents how journalists overcame daunting logistical and emotional challenges to report to a shaken world the implications of the new century's most terrifying moment. It includes intimate details about the marathon high-wire work of the network anchors and the harrowing stories of ordinary journalists who put themselves in harm's way to report the story. The book provides an enduring record of a turning point in world history, a book that future generations will rely on for insights about how news was conveyed to a shattered world.
Chapter 1 8:53 a.m.—AP NewsAlert: New York—Plane crashes into World Trade Center. Chapter 2 9:09 a.m.—AP NewsAlert: New York—Plane crashes into second WTC tower. Chapter 3 9:31 a.m.—AP NewsAlert: Sarasota, FL—Bush calls WTC crashes apparent terrorist attack. Chapter 4 9:43 a.m.—AP NewsAlert: Washington—An Aircraft has crashed into the Pentagon. Chapter 5 10:07 a.m.—AP Flash: New York—One World Trade Center tower collapses. Chapter 6 10:29 a.m.—AP Flash: New York—Second World Trade Center tower collapses. Chapter 7 11:19 a.m.—AP Bulletin: New York—In Pa., a larged plane believed to be a 747 crashed. Chapter 8 12:23 a.m.—AP NewsAlert: Police Official says casualties could be in the thousands. Chapter 9 3:28 p.m.—CNN: New York—Giuliani says public transportation is restored. Chapter 10 5:25 p.m.—Reuters NewsAlert—47-story 7 World Trade Center collapses. Chapter 11 8:33 p.m.—AP NewsAlert: Bush says "Thousands of lives suddenly ended." Chapter 12 10:27 p.m.—AP NewsAlert: New York—Mayor says some people alive in Trade Center
Posted October 14, 2002
Running Toward Danger is an exceptional look into the lives of journalists, on the day that tested each of their limits as professionals and as people. The Newseum, with award-winning authors Cathy Trost and Alicia Shepard, have captured the suspense, adventure, grit, and emotion of September 11 as seen through the eyes of the countless members of the media who risked their own lives to get the story. This is an emotional ride, told in a timeline format that will have you riveted from page to page. We get the perspective from each of the sites of that fateful day: newspaper and radio reporters in New York City, some so close they prayed for the people they saw jumping from the World Trade Center; media at the Pentagon crash site, converting a nearby gas station into a press hub to ensure the latest details got to the public; and the first response at the Pennsylvania site, where the men and women of the press came expecting a huge scene, and found only a hole in the ground. Countless pictures accompany their stories, some never before seen, all taking you back to that day, as you see the scene as they saw it, as it was happening. This book is a testament to the tenacity of the American press, the virtue of the men and women who risked everything to get the story, and get it right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.