Book: Then Came the Fire: Personal Accounts from the Pentagon, 11 September 2001
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The accounts presented in this anthology are excerpts from the interviews and written recollections gathered by the Center of Military History. This book is a mosaic of individual accounts and impressions, arranged in an approximately chronological order, that reflects the reality of 11 September as understood and remembered by the people who experienced it.
The interviews have been lightly edited, but the intent has been to retain the voices of the individuals as much as possible. Many interviews were conducted with a floor plan of the Pentagon at hand so that interviewees could more easily explain their movements. Readers will encounter some stories that seem impressionistic or disjointed as speakers try to relate what they felt, saw, and did amid the turmoil and danger.
The accounts are by some who were inside the Pentagon, local first responders, and witnesses. The book also some photographs and even hand drawn diagrams by the interviewees to help describe what they saw and did.
- Softcover: 328 pgs with index
- Publisher: Center for Military History, 2011
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