The Woman Who Wasn't There - Robin Gaby Fisher

The Woman Who Wasn't There

By Robin Gaby Fisher

  • Release Date: 2012-04-03
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 147 Ratings


 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.


  • An Excellent Read

    By MsBamaPie
    This is a well-written chronicle of a disturbed woman's bizarre, injurious actions spanning several years after the 9/11 terrorists' attack. I read this last year and still marvel at the illogical behavior of this erudite, sociopathic woman. I am an armchair psychologist who is fascinated by people who cross all boundaries and have no moral compass. This is a captivating true account of someone so needy, so self-serving, and so insecure that she found gratification in wallowing in imaginary pain (and in manipulating the truly tormented survivors who befriended her)! If "inconceivable weirdness" interests you, this will meet your expectations. JJM
  • Astonishing

    By Boston Bluestocking
    As other reviews have noted, the truth of this story is harder to believe than the fiction spun by the title character. It is a fast and fascinating read. Unfortunately, the book never really answers the most besetting aspect of the tale ... Why? Why would anyone go to such lengths? Also, the book felt a bit padded towards the middle, and thin at the end, dealing with the aftermath of the exposure for the true survivors and especially for Tania/Alicia herself. Perhaps there just isn't much information about her now that she's dropped from sight. It's the kind of tale that would fit best in a long New Yorker article. Still, it is a tale worth reading and raises questions about how much we trust what others tell about themselves, and how eager we are to believe when we are offered support and succor.
  • The Woman Who Wasn't There

    By Lost circus hd
    Amazing story. I'm am truly heartbroken that this woman with so much ability could not just be honest with everyone. What she did for the survivors was wonderful, until her deceit came out. The only negative on the book is that there were no photos. Those could have gone a long way with the story.
  • Wow Wow Wow

    By TMTodd
    Is all I can think of when I finished this book. For someone to go to such great lengths to fabricate a story but at the same time she help the survivors get the recognition they deserved. I missed the documentary when it aired but after reading the book I definitely need to put a face to this "name."
  • Shocked!

    By She said:
    Words escape me. Those of us who are native New Yorkers usually feel that we've seen it and heard it all and that nothing really shocks us anymore. But after reading this book (sorry but I can't give away the ending) I am totally dumbstruck by the events that have unfolded in this story. You will be too.....
  • Great read!

    By Judy caboody
    This is a story that needed to be told. So sad that this foreigner forged her way into our story. She is the Casey Anthony of 9/11. Thank you for the exposure!!
  • Great read

    By Amielle1002
    Great book.
  • Shocking

    By Jessh233
    The title gives away the ending, but that's the point. You just can't believe what you're reading all while knowing that nothing Tania said was real. I read this in one day. Great book!
  • Absolutely Terrific - a riveting read!

    By RED Tate
    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The emotions jump off the page leaving one with not only the raw, bruised anxiety caused by 9-11 but also the struggle to come up for air and simply survive. For Ms. Head to do what she did is simply unforgivable and in a sad, pathetic way, you wish you just knew WHY. I have said fierce prayers for every person who crossed paths with Ms. Head...their betrayal by her is extremely difficult to comprehend but these writers description of events, conversations and more are outstanding. I'm looking forward to watching the movie on The ID network to further understand.
  • Sad and disturbing

    By Hemmamamma
    Sad time in our history and very disturbing to read this book and find out that Tania's story was a big lie. Read the book in one day. Well written