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Damion DiMarco And Rev Jim Martin Tower Stories 22nd Year Anniversary

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Anyone old enough to remember can tell you where they were and what they were doing the morning of September 11, 2001 , when two airplanes were flown into the Twin Towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. While preserving the stories in the original edition of the people who were in New York City on that fateful day and in the days and months that followed, Damon DiMarco’s Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 offers additional interviews that provide a contemporary perspective on the tragedy. “Never forget” has become part of our lexicon in remembering the tragedy of 9/11. But why do we remember? According to Alice Greenwald, President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, who was interviewed for the new edition, “.remembrance is essential to moral conscience.(to) determine what’s right and what’s wrong. and to ask ourselves what we are capable of as human beings, both at our worst and at our best.” While confronting unfathomable loss, the individuals featured in the book speak to the myriad ways by which Americans rose to meet the challenges presented by 9/11 and its aftermath, honoring the many heroes that are found within its pages. Some of the stories preserved from earlier editions feature the small group of people who miraculously made it safely down from the 89th floor of Tower 1; the New York Times reporter who desperately fought her way through the fleeing crowds to get back into Lower Manhattan; the paramedic who set up a triage area 200 yards from the base of the Towers before they collapsed; and the bereaved citizens of New York City who struggled to get on with their lives in the days and months following the tragic event among dozens of others. MSNBC said Tower Stories was “arguably the most successful attempt at capturing the enormity of the events of 9/11. Damon DiMarco’s sprawling oral history (presents) human stories.with a raw candor a thousand times more affecting than any cold statistic offered by a commission.a riveting and disarmingly emotional read.” This best-selling and critically acclaimed book on 9/11 continues in the tradition of Studs Terkel, encapsulating a wide variety of viewpoints from everyday citizens. DiMarco’s literary time capsule offers new insights that benefit from twenty years of reflection on the world-shattering event, capturing the voices of individuals such as: . Reverend Jim Martin, New York Times bestselling author and Jesuit priest: “Your interior life, your sense of right and wrong, can guide you. But very often, we don’t pay attention. We can’t forget how parts of our society were impelled to help.But then other parts were like, ‘We’re gonna show them.’ . Tom Haddad, survivor of the 89th floor, Tower 1: “After 9/11, there was common cause. It was really inspiring. And then . . . it faded.” . Stephen Adly Guirgis Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright based in NY: “Still there’s a part of me that misses the old days. Like, when you interacted with people in the street, you did it through the filter of We Live in New York.” . Glenn Guzi, Program Director at Port Authority of NY & NJ: “I don’t mind telling you there were days when I thought, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to do this.’ The story of rebuilding downtown is a story of cooperation. we saw the power and beauty of humanity when good people come together.” Their stories, along with those preserved from the original edition of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, not only reconnect readers to what was lost on 9/11, but also to what can still be gained by remembering. DiMarco says, “Originally, the Tower Stories project sprang from the disturbing notion that the memory of September 11 might someday fade from the world consciousness. Two decades later I find myself less concerned over what we forget and more intrigued by what we remember and why. Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 is to remind us of the humanity and unity we are capable of as a country, as citizens and as people.”

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