Reviews


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FROM The Sydney Morning Herald: “Inspiring, depressing, heartbreaking and simply astonishing. ... Zuckoff delivers a master-class in long-form historical journalism.”

To read the full review: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/fall-and-rise-tells-the-true-stories-of-9-11-the-day-the-world-changed-20190610-p51w9d.html

FROM  The Washington Post:  “Remarkable and groundbreaking. … [A] vital and unforgettable account.”    To read  The Washington Post’s  full review:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/vivid-intimate-stories-of-911-from-those-who-survived-and-those-who-didnt/2019/05/03/92580496-605c-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?utm_term=.dc916c3f990c

FROM The Washington Post: “Remarkable and groundbreaking. … [A] vital and unforgettable account.”

To read The Washington Post’s full review: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/vivid-intimate-stories-of-911-from-those-who-survived-and-those-who-didnt/2019/05/03/92580496-605c-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?utm_term=.dc916c3f990c

FROM  USA Today : “‘Fall and Rise’ is a detailed, graphic, heartbreaking and definitive portrait of that fateful day.    To read  USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss”:    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2019/04/27/new-books-shergill-sisters-dustin-lance-black/3577193002/

FROM USA Today: “‘Fall and Rise’ is a detailed, graphic, heartbreaking and definitive portrait of that fateful day.

To read USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss”: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2019/04/27/new-books-shergill-sisters-dustin-lance-black/3577193002/

FROM the Minneapolis  StarTribune: “ A minute-to-minute, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and inspirational narrative, ‘Fall and Rise’ should endure as a prose poem memorial to a day like no other.”    To read the full  StarTribune  review:   http://www.startribune.com/review-fall-and-rise-the-story-of-9-11-by-mitchell-zuckoff/509076622/

FROM the Minneapolis StarTribune: “A minute-to-minute, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and inspirational narrative, ‘Fall and Rise’ should endure as a prose poem memorial to a day like no other.”

To read the full StarTribune review: http://www.startribune.com/review-fall-and-rise-the-story-of-9-11-by-mitchell-zuckoff/509076622/

FROM  The Boston Globe: “ A riveting, harrowing, moment-by-moment narrative history of 9/11.” …  “Written 18 years after the events , ‘ Fall and Rise’ is able to take measure of the human fallout in ways that earlier books could not.”   To read the full  Boston Globe  review:   https://www2.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2019/04/25/sunny-september-day/Ndn2TQhbTTC1iqt4HVBxTN/story.html

FROM The Boston Globe: “A riveting, harrowing, moment-by-moment narrative history of 9/11.” … “Written 18 years after the events, ‘Fall and Rise’ is able to take measure of the human fallout in ways that earlier books could not.”

To read the full Boston Globe review: https://www2.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2019/04/25/sunny-september-day/Ndn2TQhbTTC1iqt4HVBxTN/story.html

FROM  Newsday:  Mitchell Zuckoff's reconstruction of 9/11 attacks is a page-turner.  “  Zuckoff, a Boston University journalism professor and author of seven previous nonfiction books, has masterfully transformed this enormous record and his own interviews into a powerful narrative of that day.”   To read the full  Newsday review:    https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/mitchell-zuckoff-fall-and-rise-review-1.30190488

FROM Newsday: Mitchell Zuckoff's reconstruction of 9/11 attacks is a page-turner. Zuckoff, a Boston University journalism professor and author of seven previous nonfiction books, has masterfully transformed this enormous record and his own interviews into a powerful narrative of that day.”

To read the full Newsday review: https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/mitchell-zuckoff-fall-and-rise-review-1.30190488

FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review):  “The horror and heroism of 9/11 are brought to life in this panoramic history. ... The result is a superb, harrowing retelling of this most dramatic of stories."   To read the full PW Review:   https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-227564-6

FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review): “The horror and heroism of 9/11 are brought to life in this panoramic history. ... The result is a superb, harrowing retelling of this most dramatic of stories."

To read the full PW Review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-227564-6

FROM “KIRKUS REVIEWS” (Starred Review):  “A meticulously delineated, detailed, graphic history of the events of 9/11 in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. ... Despite the story’s sprawling cast, which could have sabotaged a book by a less-skilled author, Zuckoff ably handles all of the complexities. ... [A]s contemporary history,  Fall and Rise  is a clear and moving success."   To read the full Kirkus Review:   https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/mitchell-zuckoff/fall-and-rise/

FROM “KIRKUS REVIEWS” (Starred Review): “A meticulously delineated, detailed, graphic history of the events of 9/11 in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. ... Despite the story’s sprawling cast, which could have sabotaged a book by a less-skilled author, Zuckoff ably handles all of the complexities. ... [A]s contemporary history, Fall and Rise is a clear and moving success."

To read the full Kirkus Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/mitchell-zuckoff/fall-and-rise/

Media


Advance Praise


“Every page shivers in stark remembrance of those dark days that forever scarred the American psyche and left a wound a mile deep in the heart of our nation. A masterpiece of historical scholarship.”

—Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, and author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

“With his rigorous research and moral clarity, Mitchell Zuckoff has provided us with an invaluable service. He has deepened our understanding of what happened on 9/11 and recorded the voices of the victims and the survivors. What’s more, he has ensured that we never forget.”

—David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

“Both a deconstruction and a reconstruction, Fall and Rise is a definitive—perhaps the definitive—account of a day that will always live in infamy. In this forensic but also literary tour de force, Mitchell Zuckoff has not only created a moving and consequential work; he’s performed a national service.”

—Hampton Sides, bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice and On Desperate Ground

Fall and Rise reads as a compelling jigsaw puzzle: an everyday Tuesday morning abruptly shattered, cleaving our collective memory into a pre– and post–September 11, 2001. Mitchell Zuckoff proceeds to reassemble and interlock clusters of those pieces, creating a portrait of fate’s arbitrary operations while exposing the threads of human connectivity at the heart of these convulsive events. We can see ourselves reflected in the mirror of those lives that Zuckoff has restored through rigorous research, sensitive listening, and artful storytelling. Infused with empathy, Fall and Rise dignifies not only the individuals profiled in his book but all who were violated by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.”

—Jan Ramirez, chief curator and executive vice president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

“Fall and Rise is the 9/11 book we’ve been waiting for. A terrific storyteller and gifted researcher, Mitchell Zuckoff has rendered that world-changing day on a scale both intimate and monumental. This is narrative history at its very best.”

—Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning journalist

“A triumph of great reporting and rigorous research, Fall and Rise re-creates the tragic events of September 11, 2001, with harrowing precision and commendable empathy.”

—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat

Better and more comprehensive than any prior account, Fall and Rise shows us the human toll of the 9/11 terror attacks. It is a tale told in aborted destinies, in endless ripples of heartache, and it documents the inestimable value of individual lives. Those of us who lived through those days will find the book cathartic; those rising generations who were too young to remember 9/11, or who weren’t yet born, will find it revelatory.”

—John Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and author of The Ground Truth

"The horror and heroism of 9/11 are brought to life in this panoramic history. ... The result is a superb, harrowing retelling of this most dramatic of stories." 

—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (Starred Review)

"A meticulously delineated, detailed, graphic history of the events of 9/11 in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. ... Despite the story’s sprawling cast, which could have sabotaged a book by a less-skilled author, Zuckoff ably handles all of the complexities. ... [A]s contemporary history, Fall and Rise is a clear and moving success."

—KIRKUS REVIEWS (Starred Review)