Erik Ronningen was on the 71st floor of the North Tower on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building. After an incredible, near miraculous journey down through the acrid, smoke-filled building, Erik tried to get to the security command center in the South Tower. Unable to do so, he was the last person to make it out of the South Tower alive.
Here is the story of his harrowing escape, interwoven with the accounts of 14 others who were lucky enough to be able to recount them.
Altogether, these accounts document the bravery and heroism, selflessness, and generosity demonstrated by hundreds of people when their normal, everyday lives were suddenly plunged into a fiery scramble for survival.
The astonishing photograph on the cover of this book was taken by survivor Jim Usher as he lay on the concrete outside the World Trade Center, losing consciousness, so his family could see what he saw during what he thought were the last moments of his life. And yes, that flag was really there! This photograph has never before been made public.
©2013 Erik O. Ronningen/Welcome Rain Publishers (P)2015 Erik O. Ronningen
This book tells the remarkable story of what happened inside the twin towers on 9/11 from the perspectives of those that managed to survive. Ranging from those that just missed the disaster due to luck/fate all the way to those who almost didn't make it. It includes some detailed descriptions of how the explosions of the planes rocked the buildings and how this affected people's .escape and the story of those trapped under the collapse. . Most importantly this book details some of the heroism inside the towers and doesn't stop with the escape. It was great to find out what happened to those who's stories are told.
This book is a celebration of life and not at all morbid or ghoulish. A fascinating and insightful book that everyone should read.
"The Horrific Truth reported in palatable form."
I listened to this is in one session although it was not my intention initially. I could not stop listening. It was an unbelievable nightmare. However we all know that it was indeed the truth and not some 'made for TV' movie. Oh how we all wish that it had been.
Erik Ronningen gives us just enough detail so that we get an idea of just how dire things must have been on that infamous September day way back in 2001. However, thankfully he does not over dramatize the situation just leaving that to us, the reader.
Andrew Firda and Katie McCall give stifling performances which definitely added to my enjoyment of this well written history of that dreadful day.
A true FIVE star novel.
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