The September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington were to this generation what Pearl Harbor was to our parents and grandparents.
And as the histories of those events are written, it is essential to have contemporary eyewitness accounts.
But in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attack a New York Times reporter wanted to go beyond just simple eyewitness accounts and assemble an entire oral history of that day.
So in the months that followed, Dean Murphy painstakingly assembled an oral history which was published one year after the attack. His book was called September 11: An Oral History.
Now, while the descriptions in this interview are not in and of themselves graphic, the overall subject matter may be disturbing to some.
So here now, from September 2002, Dean Murphy.
Dean Murphy is now Associate Managing Editor at The New York Times.
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