A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends by Dennis Smith | Audiobook (MP3 on CD) | Barnes & Noble
A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends

A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends

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by Dennis Smith, Deirdre Smith, Stephen Hoye, Joyce Bean
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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..."
From the Publisher
"Heart-rending oral histories of World Trade Center survivors and their families." - New York Times

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

"A stirring tapestry of real-life heroes." - Kirkus Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452654058
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Smith, a former New York City firefighter, is the founding editor of Firehouse Magazine and the bestselling author of Report from Ground Zero.

Deirdre Smith is the daughter of former New York City firefighter, author, and U.S. firefighter advocate Dennis Smith.

Actor Stephen Hoye is a graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End. An award-winning audiobook narrator, he has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards.

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award, including for Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon.

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