The Only Plane in the Sky
A review of

The Only Plane in the Sky

An Oral History of 9/11


Voices of 9/11

by David Meyer

Bestseller Garrett M. Graff’s gripping oral history of September 11, 2001, as told by witnesses, participants and survivors.

In this New York Times bestseller, journalist and historian Garrett M. Graff first notes that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were the first modern catastrophe watched by millions in real time on live television. In this oral history of that pivotal day, he captures the tragedy’s confusion, terror and desperation. President George W. Bush and his staff spent the day in the “only plane in the sky” as civilians thwarted hijackers in Pennsylvania, a hijacked plane struck the Pentagon and two hijacked jets hit the Twin Towers, which collapsed. This harrowing, heartbreaking reconstruction will resonate with anyone who watched every minute on TV, those too young to have seen it and everyone in between.

Perfect Weather

September 11, 2001 featured cloudless blue skies. The President was in Florida, reading to schoolchildren as 19 hijackers seized American Airlines Flights 11 and 77 and United Airlines Flights 175 and 93.


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