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Angel Patriots: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America

Alexander T. Riley


When United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth plane hijacked in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the gash it left in the ground became a national site of mourning. The flight's forty passengers became a media obsession, and countless books, movies, and articles told the tale of their heroic fight to band together and sacrifice their lives to stop Flight 93 from becoming a weapon of terror. This book argues that by memorializing these individuals as patriots, we have woven them into the much larger story of our nation—about what it mean ... More

Keywords: terrorist attacks, United Airlines Flight 93, 9/11, American nation, Shanksville, collective consciousness, memorialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479870479
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479870479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander T. Riley, author