I saw this book in one of the Book Pages Daily emails I receive from our public library. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 just past, I was interested in learning more about those who survived, and those families who are still dealing with their loss. Written by a former firefighter, the book has a heavy focus on the first responders on 9/11. 343 firefighters lost their lives doing their job on 9/11, and 23 police officers. Dennis Smith conducted interviews with 25 individuals or families touched directly by the events of 9/11. While they were all touching, I learned the most from Dan Nigro (director of operations for FDNY who became Chief on the Sunday following 9/11), Ray Kelly (police commissioner), Lee Iepli (FDNY, retired, whose sons were both firefighters and responded on 9/11 and founder of the Tribute Center at Ground Zero), and Ada Rosario Dolch (who was the principal of a high school just a block from the World Trade Center).
While this book deals with a very difficult subject, most interviews focus on a message of hope and those who have tried to make a difference in memory of their loved ones lost.