On September 11, 2011, the world will be watching as the 9/11 National Memorial Plaza opens on the site of the World Trade Center. With photographs and architectural plans never before published, paired with comments in the very voices of those who witnessed the event, those who struggled in its shadow for days and months after, and those who have dedicated the years since to rebuilding a place of hope and meditation at Ground Zero, this book will stand apart from all the rest as the tenth anniversary of that world-changing event approaches. Heavily illustrated and elegantly designed, the book recalls the excitement and symbolism of the Twin Towers, the horror and chaos of the attack of 9/11, the fierce devotion and exhaustion as rescue of living victims became recovery of remains.
But it also carries on from that date in history to tell the inside story of the long, complex, and sometimes contentious efforts to turn eight acres of downtown Manhattan into a lasting memorial to those lost in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. A solemn reminder, a historic keepsake, and a fascinating read, this is the official book published by and about the 9/11 National Memorial and Museum, created by those who have been working for years to honor the people who died that day. A special fold-out lists all the names of the victims, making the book itself an enduring memorial to those who died on September 11.
Michael R. Bloomberg (Foreword) was elected the 108th Mayor of the City of New York in 2001. He is the founder of Bloomberg LP, a financial news and media company that now has offices in over 160 countries. Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina.
Joe Daniels (Afterword) is president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Previously he worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, McKinsey & Co., and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He lives in New York City with his wife, Naomi and three children, Caleb, Maerose, and Lila.
Allison Bailey Blais (author) is the chief of staff at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She previously worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. She graduated from Cornell University, earned a master’s degree from Columbia University, and lives in New York City with her husband, Douglas.
Lynn Rasic (author) is the senior vice president for public affairs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and previously was press secretary to New York Governor George Pataki. On 9/11, she was deputy press secretary to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. She graduated from Brown University and lives in New York City.
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