America Is Under Attack
America Is Under Attack
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Don Brown
ISBN 9781596436947
Flash Point/Roaring Brook, 2011.
4 stars
Keywords: america-is-under-attack don-brown rescue-workers september-11 terrorist-attacks twin-towers world-trade-center

America Is Under Attack
by Don Brown

Adopting the involving journalistic voice he has used so effectively in his other entries in the "Actual Times" series (All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank), Don Brown takes readers through the morning of September 11, 2001, "The Day the Towers Fell." He begins with the hijackers' storming of four planes' cockpits at 8 a.m., and moves on to the first crash, at the North Tower, through to the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center less than two and a half hours later, at 10:28 a.m. Brown toggles between larger defining moments--including two-page spreads on the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., sites--and several moving stories of individual rescue workers and employees attempting to evacuate the Towers after the planes struck.

Among the most powerful stories is the account of Fire Chief Joseph Pfiefer, one of the first to arrive at the Twin Towers site, and his brother, Kevin, a lieutenant in the fire department. Another story follows Ed Beyea, paralyzed in a wheelchair, and Abe Zelmanowitz, who waited with his friend for rescue along with Fire Captain William Burke. Their stories give faces to the 2,749 people who perished that day, and also to the rescue workers, civilians and survivors who did all they could to help others escape. This thoughtful, responsible account will help clear up questions for children with a vague memory of the events and also for those born after September 11, 2001, who will have questions as the 10th anniversary approaches.

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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