The September 11 attacks. Almost 3,000 died. Hundreds of millions of dollars of property was destroyed. 15 pregnant women lost their babies – their bodies spontaneously aborting their children as their fellow citizens fled from the crashing towers in absolute terror. But behind all these figures – these faceless, nameless numbers – there are tens of thousands of stories. Stories that can make the most heartless men regain their heart. Stories of innocents being cooked alive in the ovens they formerly called their offices. Stories of men trampling down one another. Panic. Sheer terror – unmixed, unmitigated terror. This is the story of a day that made widows of hundreds of thousands – a day that inaugurated wars half a world away. A day of doom. A black day. A day called September 11.
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From the book 102 Minutes.
A scene from inside the towers. Many thousands saw this when they poured from the burning towers.
The Banality of Heroes. Much is made of the normalness of evil men. The same is often true of heroes like Frank De Martini. They are angels served by people who never knew them for what they were. (Hebrews 13:2)
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
The 9/11 Commission Report available at: http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/911Report.pdf
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda by Peter Bergen
102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn
Australian Broadcast Corporation: 9/11 Reporting, September 11, 2001.
“U.S. ATTACKED; HIJACKED JETS DESTROY TWIN TOWERS AND HIT PENTAGON IN DAY OF TERROR” by N. R. Kleinfield. September, 12, 2001, The New York Times.
“Everyone was screaming, crying, running. It’s like a war zone.” by Julian Borger et al. The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/sep/12/expertopinions.charlieporteronmensfashion