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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426208073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426208072
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Only National Geographic could publish a book so beautifully made and dedicated…it is a perfectly crafted tribute to the memorial site…thank you NatGeo for another lovingly made book.” –Amazon.com
 
“If you want to reflect on that day ten years ago but you're also ready to look forward, this is a book to find. For you, "A Place of Remembrance" will definitely leave its mark.” –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Although the book recounts the terror, it focuses on the memorial…and, after 10 years, hope is probably what most readers, and most Americans, are looking for.” –The Columbus Dispatch
 
“[It] begins with a history of the World Trade Center and an account of 9/11, then covers the contentious process of creating the memorial on the site that will open on the 10th anniversary.”
–St. Petersburg Times
 
“The primary focus is on the initiative to commemorate victims with a spectacular memorial, which opens next week in the footprints of the original twin towers.” –Fort Worth Star Telegram
 
“The book gives respectful attention to the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroic recovery efforts, but then focuses on the process of deciding how best to memorialize the tragic and historic event on eight acres of real estate in Lower Manhattan.” –Chicago Sun Times
 
“Published to coincide with the opening of the official New York memorial, ‘A Place of Remembrance’ features vivid accounts of the day and striking photography. The fold-out listing victims’ names is powerful.” –Boston Herald
 
“Filled with pictures and information about the new Memorial built on the site of the World Trade Center, [the book] evokes images and memories of that terrible day and replaces them with a message of hope. Remembrance recounts the events of the day, as well as the history of the memorial and how it's come to be. The book is getting five star reader reviews, as well as critical reviews for its candor and reverence of the people and place.” –Lexington Examiner (Kentucky)

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The attacks of September 11, 2001, changed our world forever, and they brought loss and grief on a scale we had never known. But the aftermath of the attacks also revealed stories of heroism and sacrifice that inspired us all. They brought us an even deeper appreciation for, and commitment to, our country’s founding freedoms. And they brought a powerful sense of unity not just to Americans, but also to people around the world. Out of the ashes of that clear September morning arose what the terrorists could never destroy: hope for a better future, faith in our common humanity, and pride in our country’s freedoms and ideals.
 
The universal impact of the terrorist attacks, and the ethnic and religious diversity of the victims, led people from around the world to offer their support, encouragement, and blessings to our city and country. Many joined Americans from all 50 states who selflessly stepped forward to assist in the unprecedented rescue and recovery. Together with everyone who supported a grieving neighbor, or donated to a charity, or displayed a ribbon or an Ameri- can flag, we sent a message to the terrorists: We may bend, but we will not break. We may stumble, but we will get back up. Our resilience was so strong because our defiance was so fierce.
 
This resilience is the true legacy of 9/11. It defined the recovery effort itself, and it is at the heart of the mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. This book chronicles the story of September 11 and the memorial, which is dedicated to the memory of all those killed in the terrorist attacks—in New York City, at the Pentagon, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The memorial will be forever a solemn place of reflection and remembrance; we owe that to all those who lost loved ones on 9/11. At the same time, the memorial will forever serve as a reminder of the enormous loss suffered that day, and the enormous sacrifices that were made—and an obligation we owe to future generations.
 
Family members played a crucial role in the planning and development of the memorial, and it could not have been built without the strong support they have given it. Nor could it have been built without the generous contributions made by people living in all 50 states and 38 countries. Their generosity grew out of the spirit of global unity that emerged in the aftermath of the attacks, and that helped America through some of its darkest hours.
 
Since the attacks, millions of people from every corner of the globe have visited the World Trade Center site to pay their respects to those we lost. Now they arrive to experience a memorial as beautiful and inspiring as any that has ever been built, which is a testament not only to the creativity of Michael Arad’s and Peter Walker’s design, but also to the hard work of the memorial staff.
 
The memories of all those we lost; the courage of all those who saved others; the solidarity that the world showed us; and the resilience that came to define the aftermath of the attacks—all will live on in the memorial and museum, just as they live on in our hearts. And as long as they do, terrorism cannot and will not prevail in our society.
 
—MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
Mayor of the City of New York
Chair of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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This book has great stories, quotes, and excellent pictures.
Chreanne
The book recounts the events of September 11 and follows the transformation of the World Trade Center from ground zero to a place of remembrance.
Sarah
We love his book so much that we have bought numerous copies and handed them out to friends and family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on August 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
With the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, this is an especially powerful read. The book recounts the events of September 11 and follows the transformation of the World Trade Center from ground zero to a place of remembrance. I was especially moved by some of the first person accounts from survivors and victims' family members excerpted in the book. A guide to the 9/11 Memorial is included as well as a listing of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims. You can't help but be overwhelmed with emotion seeing all those names.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on August 11, 2011
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A chilling, eloquent tribute to those we lost in an unforgivable, unforgettable tragedy. This book moved me to tears on several occasions as the authors recounted the terrifying moments leading up to the most deadly massacre on US soil in history. Filled with vivid photography and packed with historical content, this is a must-read for anyone looking to learn more about the events and people surrounding 9/11 as well as the incredible process of trying to rebuild and reunite a devastated country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Historian on September 12, 2011
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.. .I am writing this on my iPad from the public opening of the Memorial and Museum. Only National Geographic could publish a book so beautifully made and dedicated. It is not an overbearing coffee-table-sized book filled with images published by a company so far removed from the scene. Instead, it is a relatively small-sized, perfectly crafted tribute to the memorial site. There is enough here for someone outside of my navtive hometown of New York City to ponder over while also leaving enough room to want for a visit to see the site for oneself. Thank you NatGeo for another lovingly made book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Dolian on August 27, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone looking to learn more about the National September 11 Memorial. It can be an easy read and it includes high quality pictures, renderings, timelines, personal accounts, and other interesting factoids. At the same time, it is very educational in nature as it provides ample insight into the Memorial's mission and how it has shaped the creation along the way. Given the sensitive nature of the subject, the book does a good job of objectively navigating the issues at hand and explains how and why certain decisions were made. I, for one, am now anxiously waiting to experience the Memorial in person after having read the book.
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This is an excellent book with many pictures for the National 9-11 Memorial in New York City and the 9-11 Museum that will open soon at the site.
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By patti stevens on February 7, 2014
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Anyone who visits could not fail to remember the horror and bravery of that day and the days following this tragedy..
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The book was in great shape; however, there was a red dot on bottom. I will not be putting the book on my coffee table! It looks like I got it off clearance aisle at a book store.
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I bought this book originally at the 9/11 gift shop in NYC. It is a wonderful book. I gave that one away and decided to get myself another. Unfortunately, this one arrived damaged. The dents on the tops of the pages appeared to be caused by poor packing. There was also nearly an inch worth of black marker on the top of several pages. It looks pretty pathetic which makes me sad given how amazing the book is. I didn't return it because I felt like it was too much of a hassle. It upsets me when I look at it, though, because I was taught to care for books.
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