What’s in it for me? Go behind the headlines to meet the real people affected by the September 11 attacks.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, shook the world. Nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists seized control of four commercial airliners. Three of those airplanes hit their targets: the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The fourth crashed into a Pennsylvania field after passengers heroically attempted to retake control. The attack resulted in 2,977 fatalities and over 25,000 injuries.

But these are just numbers. As 9/11 recedes into history, it’s easy to forget that these numbers represent very real people. Each and every one of the victims and survivors of these attacks has a story to tell. Some of these stories ended in tragedy, with families and friends continuing to mourn the loss of their loved ones. Some are stories of great courage and heroism, with first responders and ordinary people risking their lives to help those in need. Some are simply stories of survival, overcoming the odds to live another day.

Telling all of these stories would be beyond the scope of any one book, much less these blinks. These blinks will introduce you to just a handful of the men, women, and children whose lives were forever changed on that fateful day. 

In these blinks, you’ll discover

  • how one American Airlines employee first raised the alarm;
  • why the Air Force struggled to respond to the hijackings; and
  • which miracle happened to the crew of Ladder Company 6.