Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

by Mitchell Zuckoff
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11

by Mitchell Zuckoff


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Mitchell Zuckoff’s Fall and Rise is an invaluable work of contemporary history, a stirringly compelling narration of the events of 9/11. Eschewing the political questions of why and how, Zuckoff focuses instead on reconstructing what happened when, what it was like to be there, to have been present on that day, under those circumstances, be it in a plane or on the ground, as a survivor or a rescuer. Detailed, powerful, revelatory, a work for now and for future generations looking for a deeper, visceral understanding of a day that reverberates still.

“Better and more comprehensive than any prior account. . . . Those of us who lived through those days will find the book cathartic; those rising generations who were too young to remember 9/11, or who weren’t yet born, will find it revelatory.” — John Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and author of The Ground Truth

“With his rigorous research and moral clarity, Mitchell Zuckoff has provided us with an invaluable service. He has deepened our understanding of what happened on 9/11 and recorded the voices of the victims and the survivors. What’s more, he has ensured that we never forget.” —David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

Years in the making, this spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative is an unforgettable portrait of 9/11.

This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day.

In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder.

Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life—and in some cases, bringing back to life—the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history.

Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062275653
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 321,705
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University. He covered 9/11 for the Boston Globe and wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks. Zuckoff is the author of seven previous works of nonfiction, including the number one New York Times bestseller 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, which became the basis of the Paramount Pictures movie of the same name. His earlier books also include the New York Times bestsellers Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time. As a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting and the winner of numerous national awards. He lives outside Boston.

Table of Contents

Maps xiii

Introduction "The Darkness of Ignorance" xvii

Prologue "A Clear Declaration of War" 1

Part I Fall from the Sky

Chapter 1 "Quiet's a Good Thing" 9

Chapter 2 "He's NORDO" 31

Chapter 3 "A Beautiful Day to Fly" 49

Chapter 4 "I Think We're Being Hijacked" 60

Chapter 5 "Don't Worry, Dad" 81

Chapter 6 "The Start of World War III" 94

Chapter 7 "Beware Any Cockpit Intrusion" 109

Chapter 8 "America Is Under Attack" 126

Chapter 9 "Make Him Brave" 149

Chapter 10 "Let's Roll" 169

Part II Fall to the Ground

Chapter 11 "We Need You" 193

Chapter 12 "How Lucky Am I?" 219

Chapter 13 "God Save Me!" 236

Chapter 14 "Well Be Brothers for Life" 266

Chapter 15 "They're Trying to Kill Us, Boys" 289

Chapter 16 "They Done Blowed Up the Pentagon" 307

Chapter 17 "I Think Those Buildings Are Going Down" 329

Chapter 18 "To Run, Where the Brave Dare Not Go" 346

Chapter 19 "Remember This Name" 362

Chapter 20 "This Is Your Plane Crash" 383

Chapter 21 "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!" 398

Part III Rise from the Ashes

Chapter 22 "Your Sister and Niece Will Never Be Lonely" 427

Appendix 1 The Fallen 463

Appendix 2 Timeline of Key Events on September 11, 2001 499

Acknowledgments 501

Notes 505

Select Bibliography 559

Index 567

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