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Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
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It has always been a passion of mine to listen to the stories of my fellow man. While watching the horrific events that unfolded on September 11, I felt a need to hear the people's accounts, the voices of the men and woman who were involved personally. Tower Stories, An Oral History of 9/11 has collaborated a collection of reports that tells how the citizens of lower Manhattan coped during the attacks on the Word Trade Centre. It also shows the loyalty of those individuals living in New York City, who stepped up and volunteered their services in any way they could. The stories come from a diverse group of individuals, each with different views and opinions. Tower Stories, An oral History of 9/11 by Damon DiMarco is a must read novel and I for one will keep this book on my shelf so the coming generations in my family will learn and grow from this tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2007
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This book is an awesome look into what really happened with People who were involved with the Towers. It is very touching and inspirational as well. I would recommend this to even go into schools for future children to understand more about the Awful time in our history. Excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 11, 2011
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I read this book over the course of two weeks. I found that I could not sleep for several nights. It brought back memories of what I was doing at the time that the news broke (I was at work and puzzled as to how a plane could crash into one of the Twin Towers). I naturally assumed it was a small private plane and maybe the pilot had some type of medical emergency. I finally got up and went into the area where the televisions were located and there among many other employees watched that terrible day unfold. None of us could believe what we were seeing. I had butterflies in my stomach for an entire year as it was one of the most shocking events to happen in my lifetime. Tower stories is an account of what those that were there experienced and the very personal stories about loved ones who perished. This is a book that should be read by all. We must never forget nor let future generations forget what happened that day and the sacrifices that were made to save others. We all know of the compromised health of so many of those who were there sacrificing their time and efforts to find survivors and who worked among so much toxic materials. The long-term effects of that day and the days that followed is ongoing. I have answered questions from my 8- year old grandson who is aware of what happened that day but not the true human stories of loss. That will come later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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some of the interviews I had issues with or did get so to speak, but over all an incredible collection of interviews from people who survived, helped during or had someone die during 9/11. The last section called viewpoints I felt could have been left out. Just my viewpoint however.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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With the opening of the Freedom Tower next year, I thought I should finally read first-hand accounts of the 9/11 attacks. Despite the passage of time, I've been unable to revisit that horrible day. I was close enough to the city to see the columns of black smoke, spent days (and in some cases, weeks) in agonizing worry not knowing whether friends and co-workers in the Towers and World Financial Center were alive, and then months reading the heartbreaking Portraits of Grief series in the New York Times.

Damon DiMarco talked with people immediately after the attacks, literally walking the streets and stopping passersby. The accounts he records have the ring of authenticity and immediacy. The author is channeling his inner Studs Terkel here! The stories read exactly as people talk, although I'm sure a great deal of editing was required. The author is a fine writer who has made a valuable contribution to 9/11 literature.

Although difficult to read, the book is one I am glad to have read. Toward the end of the book, my attention flagged, though, as the accounts widen out to include people whose stories seemed peripheral to me. After mourning the endlessly horrific ways people died, I didn't really care about the structural beauty of the Towers as expounded by an engineer, how Verizon got the stock market back up and running or the viewpoint of someone who was in L.A. at the time. And I really didn't want to read ruminations on the ethics of profiling airline passengers in the days immediately following the attacks.

I also had hoped for more insightful follow-up interviews. I want to know how the interviewees felt and thought about 9/11 today, not what plays they'd had produced in the intervening years, what shows they'd acted in or how many kids they had. The author may have been limited by who he could locate or what people wanted to say; one conversation with a paramedic who went on to be a skilled search-and-rescue medic is a great follow-up. Perhaps the author is working on updates like that to coincide with the opening of the Freedom Tower. I hope so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
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Absolutely one of the best 9/11 books out there. I purchased it for my Kindle in the morning - couldn't put it down all day. I will reread this book every 9/11 anniversary from now on.
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on August 27, 2014
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Enjoyed the book very much until I neared the end and was faced with chapters regarding "what America has done wrong." I realize our country and society have in the past and continue to behave improperly in many instances. Other countries have added to the upheavals as well. What about "the other side of the coin?"
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on January 4, 2015
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Excellent except for one story. The words of "Homicide Detective Y" are crass and insulting. His inappropriate political rants are completely ignorant and offensive. I skipped over his story because it was so bigoted. He most likely had his name removed from his story because he would be fired for those lies.
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on January 4, 2015
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Heartbreaking but factual. A lot of information I had never heard before. Some of which I wish I hadn't known about. If you want to read an human side of this horrific tragedy, this book is for you.
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on November 24, 2014
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I haven't read all the way through the book yet due to a lot of things going on in my life but I am so intrigued by the 911 events and what I have read so far is very good.
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