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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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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.

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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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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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9/11 a day unmatched in world events - for what?

My family lost a member on 9/11 in the South Tower - thought l’d read and seen everything there was to know about this unimaginable day - this book provides more detailed information from a very personal perspective, still as shocking today as it was 20 years ago. 67 English souls lost that day ours being one of them never forgotten.

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Gripping

Brilliantly written, just couldn’t stop listening to this book. Extremely informative and educational. Highly recommend.

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Equally harrowing and important

Unbelievable account of 9/11 using primary and secondary sources. It really stays with you.

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A compelling listen

At 17 hours long I almost passed this title by, but I’m so glad I didn’t.

From the off I found this to be a compelling listen which I devoured in less than a week.

The author nicely weaves fact, and background information on some of the days participants together to form what I consider to be a definitive account of that incredible day which unfolds along a timeline and at a nice pace.

Narration was good and delivery wasn’t laboured or tedious which helped keep me engaged for the books duration.

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A beautifully written, yet extremely painful journey through that single day that changed everything. The way Mitchell reads this is with deepest respect as so many deserve.

A faultless description that once listened to will change your perspective of life forever.

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Harrowing accounts impaired by annoying narration

Very annoying narration, but also felt the book focused on too many people to connect