The Woman Who Wasn't There

The Woman Who Wasn't There

The True Story of An Incredible Deception

Book - 2012
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The astounding story of Tania Head, whose heartrending account of surviving the World Trade Center attacks made her a celebrity--until it all turned out to be an elaborate hoax.

It was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow, of horror and inspiration. Tania Head's astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001--from crawling through the carnage and chaos to escaping the seventy-eighth-floor sky lobby of the burning south tower to losing her fiancé in the collapsed north tower--transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of that tragic day.

Tania selflessly took on the responsibility of giving a voice and a direction to the burgeoning World Trade Center Survivors' Network, helping save the "Survivor Stairway" and leading tours at Ground Zero, including taking then-governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, and former mayor Giuliani on the inaugural tour of the WTC site. She even used her own assets to fund charitable events to help survivors heal. But there was something very wrong with Tania's story--a terrible secret that would break the hearts and challenge the faith of all those she claimed to champion.

Told with the unique insider perspective and authority of Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., a filmmaker shooting a documentary on the efforts of the Survivors' Network, and previously one of Tania's closest friends, The Woman Who Wasn't There is the story of one of the most audacious and bewildering quests for acclaim in recent memory--one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
ISBN: 9781451652086
Branch Call Number: 974.7044 FISHER
Characteristics: vii, 291 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Guglielmo, Angelo J.


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Nov 08, 2013

This book had so much potential but really fell flat. Interesting story, takes a while to build up, and then doesn't really go into the "why" or the aftermath of Tania Head's enormous deception.

Apr 06, 2013

I had never heard of this until I read a review of this book. The more I read, the more outrageous this woman became. Proof that truth can be stranger than fiction!

Feb 16, 2013

I knew the story, had seen the video, but reading the book provided more context and detail. My heart goes out to the victims whose tragedy must have been exacerbated years later when they learned the truth about the subject of the book. As much as she may have helped some people, she seemed to have wanted to destroy anyone who stood between her and the spotlight. I am left puzzled about what could lead someone to have such a deep seated need for attention, and maintain such a fantasy for so long.

Jul 11, 2012

A must read. Delightful, suspensful.
This woman made me angry and still does. I feel she still hasn't learnt her lesson. Please, people, anyone who meets this woman BEWARE!!
I believe what was said about her at the end of the book by one who was deceived...'that she will repeat her performance to others she meets'...

Jun 29, 2012

Unbelievable. A real page turner that just leaves you not knowing what to think.


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