American Phoenix

Heroes of the Pentagon on 9/11 

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Pub Date 29 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 29 Jun 2021
Girl Friday Productions, Girl Friday Books

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"That day, I saw humanity at its best and worst. Humanity doesn’t have race, creed, or color—not when you look into the very souls of people." —Christopher Braman, Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.)

The terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, were intended to tear apart the fabric of our country and our democracy. Instead, this brazen act served to show the world the heart of a nation and the true meaning of “united we stand.” The heroes at the Pentagon were extraordinary civilians and soldiers who made decisions to sacrifice their own safety to render aid to complete strangers. Twenty years later, these stories serve as a reminder of what it truly means to be American.

Meticulously researched and told with respect and reverence, American Phoenix sheds light on the remarkable individuals and events of that day, revealing stories never before told. Starting from the date the builders of the Pentagon broke ground on September 11, 1941, and culminating in the national Pentagon Memorial dedication in 2008, this is a tribute to those who sacrificed everything so that others might live.

"That day, I saw humanity at its best and worst. Humanity doesn’t have race, creed, or color—not when you look into the very souls of people." —Christopher Braman, Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.)

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Foreword by Dr. Benjamin W. Starnes, summoned from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Pentagon five minutes after Flight 77 crashed into the west wall.

Foreword by Dr. Benjamin W. Starnes, summoned from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Pentagon five minutes after Flight 77 crashed into the west wall.


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This book should be a must read for every student in America. Shoot, every American should read it themselves. I'm ashamed to say that I often forget about the tragedy at the Pentagon on 9-11. I am thankful this author told the stories of the men and women who were there. After reading this book I will never forget.

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This is an outstanding book. Very well written. This book fills in a lot of little spaces of what happened on 9/11 that we either forgot or didn't know.

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“That day, I saw humanity at its best and worst. Humanity doesn’t have race, creed, or color―not when you look into the very souls of people.” ―Christopher Braman, Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) -- just one of so many inspiring quotes in this new book about what happened when the Pentagon was struck on 9/11. After so many books about the Twin Towers and the heroes of Flight 93, it is refreshing to finally read a work focused on the impact left on our world when Flight 77 flew into this American stronghold. All of the events of 9/11 need to be remembered as we all proudly say when each anniversary rolls around, but until now not that much has been published about the Pentagon attack that day. This work is filled with personal stories and tons of pain. So many people started that day going to their office, serving our country in the military, unaware it would be their last moments on earth. Others were unaware of what would be required of them as they became the heroes that saved the lives of those around them. Some risked going back into the extreme heat of fire to pull others to safety. Our president visited the wounded as they were treated in hospitals. Not all made it. The book concludes with every name listed. Read this, remember them, remember the cost for our freedom so we don't repeat this part of our history. I was able to preview this thanks to NetGalley without any commitment or obligation on my part for the type of review provided.

Plan to post Amazon review once book is released - slated for June 2021.

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I've made it my mission to read as many 9/11 books as I can find, and almost none of them focus specifically on the Pentagon. That facet alone makes this book a must read.

These are my only criticisms in an otherwise amazing book, the front matter and maybe the first 15% of the book itself were a bit rough in my opinion, The front matter wasn't written very well and gave off a "pat myself on the back for writing this book" vibe. then the transitions from person to person in the early pages are pretty poorly written. Additionally, I think it's extremely presumptuous and inappropriate to state (not even speculate) the thoughts going on in the minds of some of the victims right before they died.

However, the choppiness in the beginning may be because until the attack, these lives weren't really connected. Once the attack happened, survival and lives became connected...and that's when I was unable to put this book down. I've read other books that included the actions of specific people that day, but the level of detail that this book goes into is unparalleled. I don't think I can state enough how just great this book is overall, and I can't recommend it enough.

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American Phoenix consists of vignettes of the people involved in the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Most were at the Pentagon, but also those on American Airlines Flight 11 and family members around the country. It is arranged in a timeline fashion.
I had read Col. (now Senator) Brian Birdwell’s book, but knew little else about what happened at the Pentagon. The biggest impressions are the airliner’s nose, coming to rest deep in the building, and the fuselage still recognizable. The recent renovation leaving many people unfamiliar with escape routes. The FBI trying to take over the scene while rescue efforts were ongoing. The constant rumors of a second inbound plane constantly bringing everything to a halt. The construction of the Pentagon itself being skimped on during WWII, and in 2001, being hopelessly out of date and below codes.
The attack turned the west wing into a hell of fire and darkness. What the people endured is unfathomable.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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This is very similar to "The Only Plane In The Sky". It was extremely well-thought out and put together in a way that flowed nicely. It's so hard to believe it's been 20 years this September. I also appreciate light being shed on the Pentagon attack because it normally is overlooked.

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A riveting but heartbreaking account of what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. Much like 102 Minutes by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, this book introduces you to key players recognized by the author and follows them on this fateful day. It’s written matter of factly but still evokes emotion (at least for me) as I remembered the events from that day. Well done and a fitting tribute to the day and the heroes involved.

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This book about 9/11 focuses solely on the Pentagon, which often gets overshadowed by the New York attacks. I learned a lot of new things, and other things I’d forgotten. It’s heartbreaking yet inspiring.

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(I think what hurts me the most is seeing the young children on Flight 77. That really drives home how barbaric and cowardly these terrorists are. The Pentagon did have a day care, but it was on the other side of the impact. The youngest victim on the ground was born in 1979.)

The author’s brother was a military physician who responded to the scene at the Pentagon. This inspired him to collect accounts and make a book. Some people declined to be interviewed, but he made it as complete as possible. He gives an account of the thoughts and actions of some of those who died. This is speculation based on deduction but feels a little odd sometimes.

With all the veterans and military personnel, this was a unique crisis zone. These people didn’t freeze up like most citizens do but instantly sprang into action. They risked their lives—some sacrificed their lives—to rescue people from the building. Many survivors heard a voice shouting to them, guiding them out like angels. Other rescuers lifted debris off people and held up walls. Craig Powell stood under a window and caught over a dozen people as they jumped out. He continued even after this injured him. He later held up a section of wall that was trying to collapse so people could get out. THAT’s heroism.

You had veterans and active duty personnel with their “no man left behind” attitude. Then the firefighters showed up and wanted to keep everyone away; they weren’t used to being ignored. Then the FBI showed up and declared the area a crime scene and wanted all rescue efforts to stop. “Screw you” kind of sums up the response to that.

Most of the book focuses on the first hour after impact. The beginning introduces a lot people, whom I was not able to remember later, so I kept having to go back and re-read their mini bios. The book is organized chronologically, not by personal accounts.

The descriptions of injuries (mostly burns) and bodies was vivid even if not that graphic. That’s going to stay with me. I referenced pentagonmemorial.org a lot while reading this.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher (Girl Friday Books) for an ARC.

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Language: Clean
Sexual Content: None
Violence: Terrorism of 9/11
Harm to Animals: <spoiler>None</spoiler>
Harm to Children: <spoiler>Children on board the plane die.</spoiler>
Other (Triggers): <spoiler>Traumatic injuries, PTSD</spoiler>

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