A Place of Remembrance
Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
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On September 11, 2011, the world will be watching as the National September 11 Memorial 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 on the tenth anniversary of that world-changing event. 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 National September 11 Memorial, created by those who have been working for years to honor those 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.
“Only National Geographic could publish a book so beautifully made and dedicated…it is a perfectly crafted tribute to the memorial site…thank you NatGeo for another lovingly made book.” –Amazon.com
“If you want to reflect on that day ten years ago but you're also ready to look forward, this is a book to find. For you, "A Place of Remembrance" will definitely leave its mark.” –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Although the book recounts the terror, it focuses on the memorial…and, after 10 years, hope is probably what most readers, and most Americans, are looking for.” –The Columbus Dispatch
“[It] begins with a history of the World Trade Center and an account of 9/11, then covers the contentious process of creating the memorial on the site that will open on the 10th anniversary.”
–St. Petersburg Times
“The primary focus is on the initiative to commemorate victims with a spectacular memorial, which opens next week in the footprints of the original twin towers.” –Fort Worth Star Telegram
“The book gives respectful attention to the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroic recovery efforts, but then focuses on the process of deciding how best to memorialize the tragic and historic event on eight acres of real estate in Lower Manhattan.” –Chicago Sun Times
“Published to coincide with the opening of the official New York memorial, ‘A Place of Remembrance’ features vivid accounts of the day and striking photography. The fold-out listing victims’ names is powerful.” –Boston Herald
“Filled with pictures and information about the new Memorial built on the site of the World Trade Center, [the book] evokes images and memories of that terrible day and replaces them with a message of hope. Remembrance recounts the events of the day, as well as the history of the memorial and how it's come to be. The book is getting five star reader reviews, as well as critical reviews for its candor and reverence of the people and place.” –Lexington Examiner (Kentucky)