Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What we saw


This week we remember the events of the day that changed our world. We all remember what we were doing when we heard the news on 9/11.

A new book, What We Saw, captures moments in words, images, and on an accompanying DVD. Much of the material for the book was compiled from the CBS news archives of that day. Each of the contributors describes what he saw on that fateful day, as only gifted wordsmiths can. They include Bryant Gumbel’s telephone conversation with a woman five minutes after the first plane hit, and she describes in horror as the second plane slams into the tower and it becomes clear it was done on purpose. Dan Rather provides the introduction. The contributors write of the chaos and desperation surrounding those fleeing Manhattan amid the smoke, ash, dust, and falling bodies. They write of the brave heroism of emergency workers, police officers, firefighters, and health care workers.

Joe Klein, in his forward, states, “Ten years later, the falling towers seem an almost mystical premonition, the sort of event that our distant ancestors would have put in the same category as comets, floods, or volcanic eruptions. It marked the end of one era and the beginning of another”.

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