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Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back Paperback – Bargain Price, August 5, 2003
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New York Times reporter Longman, who covered the story of Flight 93, helps us relive the heroism and the terror of its final moments.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The 9/11 flight that crashed in Pennsylvania, presumably on its way to devastate either the White House or the Capitol, is the subject of a riveting account by Longman, a reporter for the New York Times. In his words, the passengers of United Flight 93 "thwarted" the terrorists; it is clear to him that the "passengers and crew acted with heroic defiance." Longman spoke with all the affected families except one. His account of the "brave uprising [that] will surely be remembered as a defining moment in American history" gives us an incredibly detailed and personal tale of that horrific episode, during which ordinary citizens proved their mettle and altered their fate. Brad Hooper
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The book gives a glimpse of various passengers lives. No gory details
Mr. Longman writes compelling prose but I suspect that the events he describes practically wrote themselves. To the bare facts of what we knew already about the passsengers and crew members, their names, etc., he has fleshed out each passenger, including the misquided murderers-- not that I care to know much about these bastards-- bringing them closer to us as real people. Some of the things you learn will break your heart. One passenger, for example, was flying to pick up the remains of a deceased family member. Another passenger collected refrigerator magnets wherever she travelled, something that was particularly poignant to me since I also collect magnets from places I've been
I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed on National Public Radio and read it straight through. Two things jumped out at me. First, several of the passengers and their families and friends had premonitions that they should not get on this flight. Secondly, other passengers changed flight plans at the last minute and boarded this flight because there were so many seats available.
The flight contained all kinds of people: Caucasians, African Americans, a Puerto Rican-American, a gay man, a disabled person, a Japanese student, a Baptist married couple, old people young people, those folks on vacation, those on work assignments.
Amid all this sorrow and carnage, the courage and bravery of these passengers shine through: the rushing of the highjackers, as we believe happened, the flight attendant heating water to pour on them, the strength those showed who made phone calls from the plane.
I must say that the most horric thing I read was that had we not known better, it would seem that there were no passengers on the plane when it crashed into the field in Pennsylvania, that it was as if the plane had let all passengers off somewhere else, and, finally, that the official cause of death of these brave ones was listed as death by "fragmentation." A chilling detail.