A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends [NOOK Book]

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On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and healing from the author of The New York Times bestseller Report from Ground Zero.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an occasion that is sure to be observed around the world. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration- and often the most overlooked-is the ...
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A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends

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Overview

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and healing from the author of The New York Times bestseller Report from Ground Zero.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an occasion that is sure to be observed around the world. But among the memorials, political speeches, and news editorials, the most pressing consideration- and often the most overlooked-is the lives and well-being of the 9/11 first responders, their families, and the victims' families over the past decade.

Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and the author of the bestselling Report from Ground Zero, addresses this important topic in a series of interviews with the heroes and families of those most affected by the tragedy either through feats of bravery in the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up in the face of unimaginable loss. Smith provides an intimate look at a terrible moment in history and its challenging and difficult aftermath, allowing these survivors to share their stories of loss, endurance, and resilience in their own words. A Decade of Hope is an honest and vitally important look at a decade in the lives of those for whom a national tragedy was a devastatingly personal ordeal.


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In the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11th, former firefighter Dennis Smith spent three months at the World Trade Center site assisting with rescue and recovery efforts. His Report from Ground Zero became a coast-to-coast bestseller, earning a place on shelves next to his earlier Report from Engine Company No. 82. In A Decade of Hope, he marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in the best possible way, recounting the stories of first responders, their families, and the victims' families over the past decade. An inspiring testament to bravery and endurance.

Publishers Weekly
Smith (Report from Ground Zero), a former firefighter, collects 25 moving personal narratives in this significant addition to the literature of September 11. Featuring notable figures such as NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Congressman Peter King alongside rescue workers and victims’ family members and loved ones, Smith’s interviewees offer their experiences of that tragic day, illustrating how the pain and losses are still acutely felt. Smith absents himself from the dialogue, allowing the book’s focus to remain solely on his diverse narrators, whose essays combine to offer a message of surprising hope and renewal: Akiko Takahashi, who lost her father, volunteers at the WTC visitor center, giving tours and sharing her story; Rudy Abad, a former Merrill Lynch analyst who lost his wife, returned to his native Philippines to build a village in her honor; Erin Jackman, whose sister Brooke was killed, became president of a literacy organization, to pass on Brooke’s passion for literature. With restraint and pathos, Smith’s book provides powerful tribute and testimony. (Sept.)
-New York Times

"Heart-rending oral histories of World Trade Center survivors and their families."
-Chicago Tribune

"The stories thus blossom with a kind of ragged, inadvertent poetry-the poetry that grows up naturally around honest and heartfelt words..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101543511
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 518,231
  • File size: 966 KB

Meet the Author

Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith is a former firefighter and the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Report from Ground Zero and Report from Engine Co 82. He has been at the forefront of the first-responder community since 9/11 and works on the board of Tribute, the interim memorial at the World Trade Center. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Former Chief of Department, FDNY Dan Nigro 1

Police Commissioner of New York City Ray Kelly 16

Chief Medical Officer for the EMS of the FDNY David Prezant 28

FDNY Retired Deputy Chief Jay Jonas 52

Former New York City High School Principal Ada Rosario Dolch 62

Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives Peter King 82

FDNY Retired Firefighter Lee Ielpi 98

FDNY Firefighter Brendan Ielpi 115

Retired NYPD Police Officer Jim Smith 128

Businessman and Musician Dan D'Allara 139

FDNY Firefighter Zack Fletcher 149

FDNY Firefighter Ken Haskell 163

Hotel Executive in New York City Michael Burke 182

New York City Schoolteacher Talat Hamdani 200

Former Paralegal Toni Ann Caroll 215

Retired FDNY Captain John Vigiano 225

Attorney and 9/11 Activist Debra Burlingame 244

Cofounder of the Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation George Siller 258

Public Relations Executive Jay Winuk 270

Team Member of a New York City Hedge Fund Akiko Takahashi 283

Real Estate Executive Ray Habib 294

Cofounders of the Brooke Jackman Foundation Robert Barbara Jackman Erin Jackman 304

Cofounders of the Cat MacRae Memorial Fund Cameron Ann MacRae 315

Founder of the Marie Rose Abad Village in Manila, the Philippines Rudy Abad 327

Community Activist Sally Regenhard 341

9/11 Tribute Organizations Mentioned in A Decade of Hope 363

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Disappointing

    Recounts were not well written. After reading one or two the rest sounded like a duplicate of the previous. Would not recommend this writing.

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