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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (196 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Spencer Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Touching History is told through the eyes of commercial airline pilots, FAA and military controllers, jet fighters and key military personnel at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its subunit Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), and the national FAA Command Center, whose personnel had to grapple with the bizarre and unprecedented unfolding drama of the attacks.

In a round-robin narrative in the style of Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn’s 102 Minutes, Lynn Spencer takes readers right to the front lines of the unfolding drama as the realization hits that multiple hijackings are underway and then that the country is under attack. From the computer screen of the comptroller who first noticed that American flight 11 was flying off course, to the phone call from a stewardess onboard alerting American Airlines emergency personnel that hijackers had killed two flight attendants and entered the cockpit, to the battle cab of the military commander who ordered fighter jets in the air and the NASA-like operations floor of the FAA Command Center, to the cockpits of a number of the 4,500 commercial airliners flying over the United States that morning, Spencer follows the story all the way through the end of the day, when the fog of war had finally lifted and the country could assess exactly what had happened.

Based on highly detailed accounts from these interviews, as well as on the voluminous records of radio transmissions from the controllers, the hijacked planes, and many of the other planes that were in the air that day, Spencer fills in many holes in the story as it was reported by the 9/11 Commission. She also brings to pulse-quickening life the confusion, the horror, and the fierce determination and quick thinking of so many key players as they improvised their responses to a shocking new type of warfare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…By bringing these events and unsung heroes to light, Spencer has done a great public service. Her book is hard to put down, and a grateful nation owes her a debt of gratitude for undertaking this project.”

    Wilmington News Journal

  • “Spencer shows how, with an American public stupefied by the unimaginable airline attacks on its homeland on 9/11, civil aviation and military circles joined forces quickly to fathom, manage, and defend against a then-unknown enemy….An impressively researched and compellingly written narrative of one of America’s worst catastrophes.”

    Library Journal

  • “Riveting…The transcripts provide the book with a sense of immediacy, as though the reader was in the cockpit or control tower, while the interviews offer important background and context…Spencer’s book is worth reading as a thoroughly researched, clearly written account that offers new insights into that fateful day that changed America forever.”

    BookPage

  • “Lynn Spencer has captured the essence of the terror of that day and the courage of the men and women who experienced first-hand the fallout of these horrific attacks and rose to answer the call in their nation’s hour of need.”

    Patrick Forrey, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/17/2014

    " Overview of 9/11 from the perspective of the FAA and pilots. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed Glynn | 2/11/2014

    " Untold heros. Amazing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tanya | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting. A stressful read. Makes the appalling actions of our government since that time all the more tragic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marlene | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting if you know a lot of flying. "

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About the Author

Lynn Spencer is a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines as well as a certified flight instructor. She has been a commercial pilot for eleven years and has held the coveted position of Flight Training Instructor for Continental Airlines. She graduated from Duke University with honors before following her dream to become a pilot, and she completed her high-altitude training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.