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Escape from the World Trade Center (Ebook Shorts) [Kindle Edition]

Leslie Haskin
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Book Description

A 9/11 Survivor's True Story

This is the riveting account of Leslie Haskin's escape from the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The former insurance executive shares what she saw and endured as she struggled down 36 floors in a doomed and dying building and away from a life focused on perks, prestige, and power.

"For those of us who want an inside peek at God's compassionate presence in the midst of inscrutable tragedy, this book is as close an experience of 'being there' as we are likely to get."--Paula Rinehart, author and counselor

This book is a shorter adaptation of Between Heaven and Ground Zero.

Product Details

  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HF2V6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching and Mesmerizing at the same time.... August 18, 2011
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This is a quick read which is not easy to put down, but I found myself reading slowly in order to absorb its enormity.

It is at once a look at: the tragedy of 9/11, the workings of the human mind/spirit as it experiences this level of trauma, the sudden realization/affirmation of what is really important in life, the role of religious belief in the life of one who had firm religious belief before living through these events.... all in an amazingly short span of writing.

The gravity of the story is retold through beautiful writing. Putting this into the written word to be read by others is gutsy, and should be respected. I found myself nodding at her recognition that the firefighters probably knew they weren't coming back.... I always believed that. They appeared to have made a choice. This was not simply a matter of "doing their job". You could see it in the eyes of the fireman whose haunting photo came from those stairs after the tragedy.

One note: The book is full of bible references, and other religious notations. Although I share neither her specific religion nor her solid religious orientation, in this case, the references did not bother me, nor did I find them intrusive in her telling of her story.

Thank you to the author for her sharing as we approach the tenth anniversary.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely readable August 20, 2011
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Frankly, I'm stunned by the rave reviews for this one. I was ready to put it down in disgust at the bad writing style (despite really wanting to read about her experience in the WTC), but decided that since it was a quick read I'd put up with it and see if it got any better. It didn't. And I have to say I didn't like her character much either. Early in the book she's almost blase about her negative traits, and I hoped that the end of the book would show a realisation of them and solid effort to become a better person, but the absence of any description of such growth leads the reader to think that her honesty is more due to not seeing anything wrong with the traits than having seen and improved.

I did find the bible quotes overdone and oftentimes ill-placed, but that was only a minor gripe compared to the other negatives. Some examples:

Her character:
1) She was a manipulative boss: "I took mental note of those working and those pretending to work in order that I might later make someone's day with a big project that afforded them no time for pretense."
2) She was a control freak and selfish: "[Questioning her assistant] was to appease my need to be in control and to get an explanation simple enough so as not to complicate my breakfast."
3) She had a simplistic and exclusionary faith: "the Negro spirituals that flow from the mouths of these dirty-blond men [homeless men busking in the subway] embarrass me." (Note: Negro spirituals were coded escape messages for slaves in southern America; to be embarrassed by disempowered people singing them shows failure to understand the songs' purposes and to see below the socially-unacceptable surface of those people.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book, what a story! August 18, 2011
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There are just some books that no matter what you say about them, you know you'll never do them justice. For me, this is one of those books.

This woman is incredibly brave to have told her story. I just can't imagine how she did it. Living with what she went through is unbelievable. I loved her honesty and refusal to paint things less ugly than they were. I became so involved with her story, I felt I could see what she saw, smell what she smelled, felt what she felt. The horror of that day came back to me with crystal clarity but with added knowledge.

I think this is a very important book. 9/11 has become just a distant, though horrible, memory to so many people. It's a good thing to be reminded. We still have men and women serving in wars because of what happened that day and the victims are still struggling to live with the terror they lived through that day. They need to be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

I commend this author for her courage and am grateful to her for telling her story. My son military son has done three tours and it was good for me to be reminded of why he had to. Overall, riveting story that will have you remembering, sniffling and being grateful for the simple things we all take for granted.

Thank you so much, Leslie Haskin, for sharing your story of survival.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account, but a little too preachy. October 6, 2011
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This was interesting eye witness account that brought back memories of September 11. However, I skipped about half of the book (the preachy parts) and headed straight for the parts about the towers. I'm a Christian and enjoy religious books. But in this case, I felt it detracted rather than added to the plot.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read free version, glad I didn't have to pay. August 24, 2011
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Sorry, really wanted to like this one but it was just too scattered. Seemed to want to be a lot of things rolled into one. Thought from the title it would be more of the author's experience during the attack (which it was to a point). Jumps from 2005 to the attack back to another time and then again to various points throughout the author's life. Different than the title suggests. Free book on Kindle and just not what I thought it would be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoyed the book and first hand account, it was well documented and gave me a sent of visualization that can only be described by one who was there.
Published 6 days ago by Rhonda Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a little scary, intense, but I read every page. My very first free book on my Kindle
Published 25 days ago by sharon gillman
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the World Trade Center — first-hand experience
Seems to me to be a journal rewrite. Focuses less on details and more on feelings. Very real and very raw emotions and reactions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Well written - I highly recommend. A real insight into those that were actually in the towers.
Published 7 months ago by Terry S
5.0 out of 5 stars One Woman's Escape to Safety
You probably remember exactly where you were on September 11, 2001 and remember what horror you felt as America was attacked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Although short, this was a riveting story told by someone who lived through the tragedy of 9/11; the pain, the shock, the atrocities that are almost too horrible to live through. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. A. Reeder
3.0 out of 5 stars A little hard to follow sometimes
It was an interesting read but a little like being inside her head, which was disconcerting and a bit confusing at times, but that actually may have been the point. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gina Laster
3.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the World Trade Center
I read this just prior to 9/11 in 2013. I was interested in hearing about her experience but sometimes she just got too wordy - like she was trying to be poetic about her... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pennsylvania Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This should be required reading for generations to come concerning what happened on that day. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. Read more
Published 17 months ago by which road
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
Leslie Haskins puts so much detail and emotion into this book that you feel like you are there in that exact moment in time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephen
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