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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn Narrator: Ron McClarty Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060834685
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The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute counted.

At 8:46 AM on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers -- reading e-mails, making trades, eating croissants at Windows on the World. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages, one witnessed only by the people who lived it -- until now.

New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn rely on hundreds of interviews; thousands of pages of oral histories; and phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts. They cross a bridge of voices to go inside the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one person at a time, to tell the affecting, authoritative saga of the men and women -- the 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished -- who made 102 minutes count as never before.

Read by Ron McLarty

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterpiece of reporting…succinct…riveting enough to be read in a sitting…heart-wrenching…Brilliant and troubling.”

    New York Times

  • “A heart-stopping, meticulous account…I suspect that you, like me, will read this book in a single suspenseful sitting, even though we know the ending.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An unbearably painful but indispensable account of what transpired inside the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An astounding reconstruction of what happened inside the World Trade Center…These are stories, after all, you have to share.”


  • “For those of us haunted by the tragedy, an indispensable book.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] harrowing, deeply reported, practically minute-by-minute and floor-by-floor portrayal…Insightful, compassionate, and unrelievedly tense.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Poignant, emotion-stirring and important…a story of how ordinary people exhibit extraordinary traits in times of peril.”

    Denver Post

  • “It took the authors three years to describe what happened in 102 minutes…The book is worth the wait.”

    Providence Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2005 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2006 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/26/2011

    " 2 New York Times journalist tell the untold story of the world trade center attacks from eye witness accounts. The book is pretty full on and makes you feel sorry for the people who were trapped in the building. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jena | 1/21/2011

    " Haunting and powerful. I found myself finally understanding the horrific and dramatic ending of over 2,700 of my fellow Americans. The selflessness of Frank De Martini and Orio Palmer struck me particularly hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/13/2011

    " Great book, I couldn't put it down. Very insightful of what went on inside the Twin Towers on 9/11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricardinha | 1/4/2011

    " Incredible details .... you ought to read it, and I promise everybody, you won´t stop reading until you have finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luigib | 12/31/2010

    " Sad. Good exposure of how the municipal government fights for territory instead of preparing for disaster. SAD "

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About the Author

Jim Dwyer, a native New Yorker, New York Times bestselling author, and veteran newspaper reporter, has spent most of his professional life covering New York as a reporter, columnist, and author. He joined the Times in May 2001 after stints at the Daily News, New York Newsday, and several papers in northern New Jersey. In addition to his work on daily newspapers, he is the author or co-author of four books, including 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers with Kevin Flynn, an editor at the Times