The White-Collar Warrior

A book about Flight 93 introduces a new kind of hero for the civilians' war

Before he caught United Airlines flight 93 from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, Todd Beamer was engaged in a kind of soul searching that we have come to think of as very post-9/11. In Among the Heroes (HarperCollins), New York Times reporter Jere Longman writes that Beamer was tired of leaving his family for business. He was working at home more often. He had postponed his sales trip by one day to spend time with his sons and planned, after a day's work, to catch the red-eye home that night.

Instead, Beamer added "Let's roll" to the patriotic...

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