Riveting and disturbing at the same time, like most first-person stories about traumatic events. The Center for Military History (a U.S. Army organization) is publishing a book composed of interviews with military and civilian personnel who were in the part of the Pentagon that was attacked on September 11, 2001. The book is very well put together and gives astonishing details about each witness or victim’s experience on that day. The main thing that struck me was the value of military training and mindset. The civilians tended to panic a bit more, but the military folks were almost entirely mentally set to respond, survive, rescue others, keep their heads with darkness, smoke and fire all around. Anyone who believes in any of the conspiracy theories about this not being an airplane but a missile will be seriously challenged to maintain that theory. Several witnesses/survivors reported first-hand experience picking up aircraft parts with bits of the American Airlines logo, etc. But the book is primarily a record of human suffering and human heroism and resilience. I assume this book will be published for public consumption, but not sure about the timing. Took me back, it did. Let us be thankful for $20,000 steel cased windows with special fire and crash-resistant glass. The Pentagon is one solid fortress and that saved lives. Let it be said that this was the last time, though, for sure.
You can access the Kindle version of this book on Amazon, here.