Friday, August 9, 2013

Book #12 - 102 Minutes

Happy Friday!! Hope you all have fun plans for the weekend! I am excited to be reviewing the final book in my 30 before 30 list...especially since I really enjoyed reading it!

Intially, I wasn't sure what to expect from 102 Minutes, but from the first page of the book, I was hooked! The book covers the 102 minutes between when the World Trade Towers were struck by planes to their untimate fall. I have watched documentaries and read stories before about individuals that overslept that day and were late to work or that headed down just before the crash, but this book really takes things to a different level. There are plenty of stories about survivors as well as those that fell victim to this terrorist act, but at the same time there are unbelievable facts about the building and how it was built. Was it up to code exactly? Would that have made a difference in the number of lives lost? There is also much insight into the relationship (or maybe lack thereof) between the NY police force and fire department. Lots of unfortuate disconnects between those two groups. Overall, it was an incredible view into those completely unreal 102 minutes. The book was written in a way that makes you want to believe it is fiction. Things like the countdown of time with start of each chapter made it difficult to remember that this was real life for so many people. Truly an eye opening account of the events inside those towers. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in the day that forever changed our nation.

I'll leave you with some pictures from one of my visits to the 9/11 Memorial.

Andrea :)


  1. Wow, I have never heard of this book but now I want to read it. I knew 3 people in the towers and only one made it out, so this is something really close to my heart.

  2. I think this book would be absolutely fascinating, but maybe too sad. I recently read a book about a hospital that was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, and it was rather haunting. That's the problem with reading about a real-life disaster; you want to learn from the situation, but at the same time, you sympathize with the people you're reading about while you're completely helpless to do anything to help them.

  3. This is the first of heard about this book. But it does sound awfully fascinating. I could see how it'd be hard to read at points, but it would definitely leave an impression.