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Bikeman, Commemorative Edition

An Epic Poem

About The Book

An deeply moving testament to 9/11 and its horrific aftermath, this epic illustrates the power of a single moment and how each decision we make can change the course of a life.

On September 11, 2001, journalist Tom Flynn set off on his bike toward the World Trade Towers not knowing what he was riding into. Bikeman is one man's journey back to the horrors of that day and to the humanity that somehow emerged from the dust and the death. Both heartbreaking and haunting, his words will stay with you like that 'forever September morning.'" --Meredith Vieira, NBC's Today

From those whose deaths revealed the most private moments of their lives, to those who helped guide the way to safety, veteran journalist Thomas Flynn's Bikeman chronicles the morning of September 11, 2001 like no other published work. What began with a bicycle ride to the World Trade Center to cover the first tower’s attack continued as the south tower fell and Thomas Flynn found himself quickly transitioning from reporter to participant as he beared witness to and, with a disquieted view, fought for his own life in the very event his well-trained journalistic senses intended to record and report. Now Flynn, as both journalist and now survivor, must come to terms with the harrowing ordeal and somehow find peace in the very act of surviving. With a forward from Dan Rather, Bikeman is a testament to the strength and courage we must summon at the blink of an eye.

In this deeply emotional memoir that is part journalist's record, part survivor's lament, Flynn writes:
Survival is the absence of death.
It is a subdued, a hushed existence. . .
I live to talk about it,
to relate the tale as it happens,
not only its extremities and cruelty,
but also the goodness that flourishes too.

About The Author

 Thomas Flynn is an award-winning television producer and writer. He explains that the style of this book formed as he re-read Dante's Inferno and began to realize how "the parallel worlds of his journey to hell and mine ran together." Flynn is married to Nancy Reardon and has a daughter, Kate. He divides his time between downtown New York City and Cape Cod.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 3, 2021)
  • Length: 96 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781524871949

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Raves and Reviews

Tom has the news writer's talent for sharp, vivid detail—carried on a tide of deep emotion. This is a new window onto a shattering time. (Diane Sawyer, ABC News and Good Morning America)

Tom Flynn is a newsman and a poet. He was at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He responded, as a newsman should that day. And now we read the rest. A recounting forged in fire, put out with tears. (Harry Smith, CBS News)

Tom Flynn brings to his subject three invaluable attributes: the eye of a seasoned journalist, the soul of a poet, and his stunning firsthand experience of that horrific day. (David Friend, Vanity Fair)

Tom has the news writer’s talent for sharp, vivid detail—carried on a tide of deep emotion. This is a new window onto a shattering time. (Diane Sawyer, ABC News)

Tom Flynn is a newsman and a poet. He was at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He responded, as a newsman should that day. And now we read the rest. A recounting forged in fire, put out with tears. (Harry Smith, NBC Today)

Tom Flynn brings to his subject three invaluable attributes: the eye of a seasoned journalist, the soul of a poet, and his stunning, firsthand experience of that horrific day. (David Friend, Vanity Fair)

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