September 11, 2011

Review - That Day In September (Artie Van Why)

We all have our stories to tell of where we were the morning of September 11, 2001. This is one of them. In "That Day In September" Artie Van Why gives an eyewitness account of that fateful morning. From the moment he heard "a loud boom" in his office across from the World Trade Center, to stepping out onto the street, Artie vividly transports the reader back to the day that changed our lives and our country forever. "That Day In September" takes you beyond the events of that morning. By sharing his thoughts, fears, and hopes, Artie expresses what it was like to be in New York City in the weeks and months following. The reader comes away from "That Day In September" with not only a more intimate understanding of the events of that day, but also with a personal glimpse of how one person's life was dramatically changed forever.

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Where were you on 9/11? I certainly remember and so will you. While this very moment left an impression on each and every one of us, it had an even deeper impact on those who saw everything with their own eyes, those who experienced the moments of stepping outside into the surreal world of destruction and pain first hand. Artie Van Why is one such person, working right next door, when the world forever changed.
That Day In September is a memoir of sorts, a vivid and poignant depiction of what Artie saw and experienced, and most of all, a way of coming to terms with what he witnessed that fateful day. While the importance of the book lies in its message, to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events, it is at the same time an incredibly well written recollection by someone who never intended to be an author. This relatively short book encapsulates all the terror and fear that is hard to fathom for those who "only" watched the news on TV. It will touch you at the core, not to mention make you cry.
On a different note, I felt the chapter on how Artie ended up in New York wasn't really necessary for the book, and that the intermingling of his memories of "before" while being right in the middle of the devastating events would have sufficed.
In short: We should never forget and we never will!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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