Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth by Alexander T. Riley

By Alexander T. Riley

When United Flight ninety three, the fourth airplane hijacked within the September eleven, 2001 terrorist assaults, crashed right into a box close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the gash it left within the floor grew to become a countrywide website of mourning. The flight’s forty passengers turned a media obsession, and numerous books, videos, and articles informed the story in their heroic struggle to band jointly and sacrifice their lives to forestall Flight ninety three from turning into a weapon of terror.  In Angel Patriots, Alexander Riley argues that via memorializing those participants as patriots, we've woven them into a lot greater tale of our nation—an current net of narratives, values, dramatic frameworks, and cultural characters approximately what it capacity to be actually American.           


Riley examines the symbolic impression and function of the Flight ninety three catastrophe within the nation’s collective recognition, delving into the spontaneous memorial efforts that blossomed in Shanksville instantly after the scoop of the crash unfold; the ad-hoc websites honoring the sufferers that during time emerged, akin to a Parks Department-maintained memorial on the subject of the crash web site and a Flight ninety three Chapel created via a neighborhood Catholic priest; and eventually, the production of an respectable, everlasting crash monument in Shanksville like these outfitted for earlier American wars. Riley additionally analyzes the cultural narratives that developed in movies and in books round the occasions at the day of the crash and the lives and deaths of its “angel patriot” passengers, uncovering how those representations of the development mirror the parable of the real American nation—one that american citizens believed used to be gravely threatened within the September eleven assaults. A profound and thought-provoking study, Angel Patriots unveils how, within the wake of Sept. 11, the USA mourned even more than the lack of life.

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