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.
“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.
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Table of Contents
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
Select Bibliography 559