September 11, 2011

Attack on New York City

By Wilborn Hampton
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763657673, 169pp.)

Publication Date: August 23, 2011

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The award-winning Wilborn Hampton recounts one horrifying day in history through the eyes of several who experienced it firsthand.

A blind man and his dog struggling to escape from the burning North Tower, a company of firefighters risking their lives to help with the evacuation, an ordinary citizen turned rescue worker sifting through debris after the towers collapsed - each of these individuals endured a personal nightmare, and each carries a separate memory.

In SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: ATTACK ON NEW YORK CITY, Wilborn Hampton captures an unprecedented piece of history through interviews and accounts of survivors, heroes, and terrorists. In addition, the seasoned reporter tells his own story, thus bringing to readers the grieving, compassionate voice of a fellow New Yorker who was close to Ground Zero. Amplifying the narrative are fifty-four black-and-white photographs, indelible images of horror and heroism unfolding. The panorama of views Wilborn Hampton presents, following several individuals through September 11 and its aftermath, creates an intimate portrait of life and loss, and a deeper understanding of the events of that tragic day.




About the Author
Wilborn Hampton is a theater critic for "The""New York Times". Throughout a journalistic career that began in Dallas as a cub reporter covering the assassination of President Kennedy, and later carried him to London, Rome, and the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, his abiding passion for the theater remained constant. After joining "The New York Times" as an editor, that lifelong love led him into a position as a theater critic and feature writer, reviewing plays and conducting interviews on a freelance basis for the paper. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has reviewed more than 500 stage productions for "The Times", and although he left his editorial position on the paper in 2006, he continues to review plays and write articles on the theater on a regular basis.

Hampton has published several Young Adult nonfiction books: "Kennedy Assassinated: The World Mourns", "Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island" and "September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City", "War in the Middle East A Reporter's Story" (those 4 were published by Candlewick Press), and a biography of Elvis Presley published by Viking Childrens Books as part of their "Close Up" series.

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