102 Minutes

By: Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn

By: Jacob Huffman and Jacob Hebert

Main Themes

102 Minutes focuses on the stories of those who survived the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. The book gives you deep insight on what the people were going through, both physically and emotionally, during the attacks. The book also describes these stories in order to present a more specific way of remembering the attacks. Another theme that is addressed, although not directly stated is the issue of organized terrorism and the beginning of the war on terror in the United States.

Connection to Historical Event(s)

102 Minutes addresses one of the most pressing issue in the United States to date, and that is the issue of domestic terrorism and the War on Terror. By going into depth on the survivors stories they uncover the true uncut emotions of those who have experienced terrorism first hand. Events such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the attacks recently in Paris, France are just a couple of examples of major areas affected by terrorism. Specifically in the United States we have focused in on defeating groups such Al Qaeda and ISIS, and while we may have suppressed them the groups still exist and are a looming threat to society that we are basically in the dark on. Terrorism is an issue that we continue to have and 102 Minutes does a great job of demonstrating the more personal, first hand approach to this problem.
9/11 Survivors, 10 Years Later
9/11: South Tower Collapse video compilation
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102 Minutes Quotes

"I believe the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door, this intense grid... And the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing the screen. It really does nothing to the screen netting."

-Frank de Martini


"As he spoke, Praimnath spun his seat around so he was facing in the direction of the window, though he was not staring out... From the corner of his eye, he glimpsed an unfair shape on the horizon. Paimnath turned slightly, to look square out the window. An airplane. It was heading towards his office, his window, it seemed. He could see the red and blue marking of the letter "U" as is approached. He dived under his desk, screaming to God, as his colleague in Chicago listened on the phone as he watched the television screen in horror. In the length of a drawn breath, the ceiling collapsed."

-Regarding Stanley Praimnath