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By Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn

The dramatic and relocating account of the fight for all times contained in the international alternate heart at the morning of September eleven, while each minute counted

At 8:46 am on September eleven, 2001, 14,000 humans have been contained in the dual towers-reading e-mails, making trades, consuming croissants at home windows at the global. Over the subsequent 102 mins, each one may turn into a part of a drama for the a while, one witnessed in simple terms by way of the folks who lived it-until now.

Of the thousands of phrases written approximately this wrenching day, so much have been informed from the skin having a look in. ny instances journalists Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn have taken the opposite-and way more revealing-approach. said from the views of these contained in the towers, 102 mins captures the little-known tales of standard those who took impressive steps to save lots of themselves and others. past this stirring landscape stands investigative reporting of the 1st rank. An mind-blowing variety of humans really survived the aircraft affects yet have been not able to flee, and the authors bring up demanding questions on development security and tragic flaws in New York's emergency preparedness.

Dwyer and Flynn depend on countless numbers of interviews with rescuers, millions of pages of oral histories, and numerous cell, email, and emergency radio transcripts. They move a bridge of voices to move contained in the infernos, seeing cataclysm and heroism, one individual at a time, to inform the affecting, authoritative saga of the lads and women-the approximately 12,000 who escaped and the 2,749 who perished-as they made 102 mins count number as by no means before.

102 mins is a 2005 nationwide booklet Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

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18 Mitchell recommended military preparedness rather than appeasement as the only reliable insurance against such catastrophes. Specifically, he called for the creation of an independent air force capable of deterring such attacks by the threat of massive retaliatory bombing. Franklin Roosevelt demonstrated his support for Mitchell’s arguments during his first meeting with George Marshall in the fall of 1938. Recently appointed as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Marshall was one of several military leaders invited to the White House shortly after the historic meeting in Munich between Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier, and Chamberlain.

Since US history had been characterized by long periods of relative peace, interrupted by brief instances of major war, this argument had served the interests of the Foreign Service. By the 1930s, however, America had developed global interests and had become increasingly vulnerable to distant enemies. Under these circumstances, the argument was inappropriate, then anachronistic, then dangerously irresponsible. The price that the State Department paid for clinging to this argument was almost total marginalization during the Second World War.

Despotisms tend to protect themselves by turning mass grievances against outside targets. 25 These same arguments had been at the core of Woodrow Wilson’s claim that the world needed to be made safe both for and by democracy. This aspect of Wilson’s vision survived the era of isolation and the failure of the League of Nations, and came to inform Roosevelt’s diplomacy just prior to World War II, as illustrated by his Four Freedoms speech (January 1941) and the Atlantic Charter (August 1941).

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