On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal

On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal

by Tom Barbash
     
 

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgeralds 1,000 New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck eight floors below. None survived. On Top of the World tells the story not only of that tragic day but also of the complicated and emotionally charged events that

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgeralds 1,000 New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck eight floors below. None survived. On Top of the World tells the story not only of that tragic day but also of the complicated and emotionally charged events that followed. It is an intimate, often harrowing look at how private families processed a public atrocity, how corporate war-room strategy sessions saved the company from liquidation and the efforts of opportunistic competitors. This book examines the media scrutiny that followed Howard Lutnick, who struggled to be at once the compassionate leader the grieving families needed and the tough-minded CEO his decimated company required. It also tells the story of the men and women of Cantor whose lost coworkers were relatives and friends, and brothers and sisters. That Cantors business has survived and even flourished — and that an initially uneasy but ultimately significant covenant has been formed between those who lived and the families of their lost friends — is a powerful testament to the ability of a community to endure.

Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Written with the urgency of breaking news...The individual stories take one’s breath away.”
New York Newsday
“A sensitive and heartbreaking account....The book has enormous emotional power.”
New York Times Book Review
“Gripping.”
Library Journal
Cantor Fitzgerald's chair and CEO discusses not just the events of September 11 when nearly 700 members of his firm lost their lives but also the firm's rise to power and the efforts afterward to rethink the future. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060510305
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/19/2003
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
766,549
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and now lives in Marin County.

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