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Summary

The New York Times best seller 

This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerising, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day.

In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder.

Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life – and in some cases, bringing back to life – the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history.

Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.

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©2019 Mitchell Zuckoff (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The farewell calls from the planes…the mounting terror of air traffic control…the mothers who knew they were witnessing their loved ones perish…From an author who’s spent five years reconstructing its horror, never has the story been told with such devastating, human force." (Daily Mail)

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Sombre listen

I've listened to a few of the 9/11 audiobooks now and each one provides a high level of detail on the events of that day. They all compliment each other but are a very tough listen.
This one tells the personal stories of some of the emergency services, those on the doomed flights and of those carrying out their normal daily routines on the way to work.
An insightful yet harrowing read that the narrator tells so well.

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Very interesting

I enjoyed this book very much, it is well written and well narrated. I do wonder however, how the author manages to obtain such intimate, accurate and nuanced accounts of events. Right down to exact words spoken. Was a little artistic licence applied here?! It's fairly typically American in that there's plenty of schmultz, and look out for two interesting lines "Casseroles and Condolences" and the narrator refers to someone as being a "First Plass Cassenger" and carries on reading!! All of this said, it's a riveting and moving read. You may shed a tear or two. Would definitely recommend this book, and I'm a cynic who wonders about the conspiracy theories. It was a day in history that will have us talking for many years to come. RIP to those who perished on 11th September 2001. 24/1/22 just adding, if you enjoy this book, read THE LOOMING TOWER. It is compelling
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Heart-wrenching account

A heart-wrenching account of the last days of some of the individual victims of 9/11 and the terrible events they faced on that fateful day. Very well written.

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outstanding listen

just start on chapter 6th and get you right into it very very good

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An emotive insight into the people who experienced 9/11

This is a thoroughly researched blend of eye witness accounts offering great insight into psychological impact of 9/11 and the actual human cost. Trauma on a grand scale told with great humanity through the eyes of many survivors. Ultimately compelling without being sensational.

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Well presented, but a little too Apple Pie

I do wonder if the contents are a little too US Gov "party line" / "Uncle Sam's script" and not enough questioning nor alternative perspectives into the many doubtful events within the overall tragedy.
Nicely told, but I doubt how some of the insights can have been obtained when the sources would have been killed in the event and therefore no evidence of narrative can exist in the way it have been told here.
All a bit politically correct.

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Hadn't delved into books about the events of September 11th, 2001 until recently when I read "Reluctant Hero" by Michael Benfente. Prior to that, I had, like many people, watched a multitude of documentaries on television. Given the sheer number of documentaries covering this subject, I wondered just how much more a book could really offer, but thought I'd give this book a listen, especially given the positive reviews.

At first I wasn't entirely sure about the narrator. His delivery in the opening minutes of this book seemed a little breathless to me. However, how wrong I was about Sean Pratt, a narrator that was able to reproduce the heart wrenching emotions of many of those quoted here. In fact, Pratt would be suited as an actor with his ability to imbue such raw emotions into the words of those featured in this book. I'm a world weary man long past forty and I sat there with silent tears rolling down my cheeks when listening to the reading of the 911 call between one of the women trapped on the 83rd floor in a corner office with several colleagues. That reading of the call transcript and how it was narrated was so intensely sad. I'm old enough to recall that day vividly. I was in the United States at the time many miles away in a sleepy town in Colorado. I remember my wife and I sat outside after seeing the CNN coverage and her crying her eyes out as the occasional car drove past us, possibly wondering why this young woman was in tears, perhaps not having seen the news yet.

There is so much more detail and information here than I've seen in anything on television and I was stunned at how much the author had researched to build what must be the definitive timeline of events. So many 911 documentaries fail to really go into very much detail about the 125 people that died at the Pentagon, so it was fitting this book did just that and provided stories I'd never heard before and written in such detail.

This book is powerfully poignant and there isn't really too much more I can say other than to suggest to those interested in the Pearl Harbour of the 21st century to read this truly definitive telling of the multitude of human stories that played out that terrible day.

A superb read.

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gripping from start to finish and moved by the stories of victims last 24 hours 10-11 september very well researched.gbnf

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Astonishing Audiobook

This is ONE of the definitive books on 9/11 ( at the end of my review you’ll understand why I said ONE ). I loved the start of this audiobook laying out victims of that horrendous day and how it delved deeper into their lives.

This was an audiobook I wanted to listen too in one or two listens but due to the nature of what happened and the stories within I had to listen to it over 5 days.

The narrators done a great job with this sensitive project.

I’m so glad Mitchell Zuckoff has written this book as it shall be forever a great project undertaken by him and will be an audiobook for future generations.

I’ll also add that the book, audiobook and kindle version of The Only Plane In The Sky by Garrett M Graff makes a great companion to this audiobook / book. Highly recommend both of them for a full account of that tragic day.

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Best 9/11 audiobook

This is the best 9/11 audiobook I’ve bought. Shows you a completely different aspect of that horrible day.