The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

I have to wonder if people who were not old enough to remember 9/11 can have any concept of what it felt like to live through that day. I am extraordinarily lucky that I was not personally touched by the events of that day, and yet I doubt that anybody in America can truly say that they were not touched at all. Even if we didn’t lose someone to the horrible terrorist attacks, I think that we all felt something of the fear and anguish brought about by the crashing of four planes and the massive loss of life.

As it is, even those of us cognizant of what was happening that day have little idea of the experiences of the first responders and government officials tasked with dealing with 9/11’s events. This book admirably fills in that story by telling the history of that day through interview snippets with those who were involved. Until reading this book, I had no idea of what was going on aboard Air Force One, or the state of affairs at the Pentagon, or how it felt to breathe the air after the Twin Towers collapsed. Now I do, and I have such an appreciation for everyone who helped the victims of the attack.

This book is tough to read due to the subject matter, but I think it’s important to understand all of the moving parts on that day and appreciate the many men and women who risked their lives–or gave them–to keep America safe.

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