September 11, 2001

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For each of us, there are occasions - a wedding, a child's birth, a family tragedy - so compelling that details are forever etched in memory. Few events define all of us. September 11, 2001, did. We all gaped, horrified, as the second passenger plane collided with the second tower. We all watched the wedge of destruction carved into the Pentagon. We all peered into the desolate crater on a field in Pennsylvania. We all looked eagerly for more ghostly survivors to trudge, holding one another, out of the concrete soot that clouded the remains of collapsed twin towers. Not since the assassination of John F. Kennedy has one event so transfixed a nation, a world. The Poynter Institute, a school that teaches skills and ethics to professional journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, had no plan to memorialize these frozen moments in time. The school merely posted a notice on its Web site inviting news editors who design front pages to send us an electronic copy of how they told this urgent story. Within a day, hundreds of front pages were recorded on the Web site. And all over the world people were turning to the school as another place to connect themselves to the record of these terrible events, and thus to one another.

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This book is very touching. Although it is hart braking I thing it is very helpful to the people who were not here for 9-11. I also think that it helps show what actually happen that day. It helps tell the story of 9-11 to the fullest.

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Any book about this tragedy is good to have. This one doesnt disappoint Read full review

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Founded in 1975, The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism in the public interest. As a financially independent, nonprofit organization, The Poynter Institute is beholden to no interest except its own mission: to help journalists seek and achieve excellence.

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