A Decade of Hope by Dennis Smith
Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends

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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 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.

 

About Dennis Smith

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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.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Viking. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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From a Manhattan high-school principal whose unshakable faith kept her strong, to grief-stricken widows, brothers, sisters and countless families fractured by devastating losses, Smith consistently wrings moving humanity from each contributor’s story.

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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;

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The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is upon us, and with it the culmination of a decade that has seen an outpouring of books on the events of that horrific day.

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Examiner

The stories they gathered create a touching history of how people from New York City rose to the challenges presented by 9/11 and how they have honored friends and loved ones they lost on that day.

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One man remembers that on that fateful day while searching for his own son, he suddenly realized that everywhere “guys were looking for their fathers, and fathers were looking for their sons…” When asked how he now feels about the events of 9/11, he responds, “Some days it feels like it was twent...

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Military.com

Instead, there are just intensely personal stories of what it has been like for these people - people who lost someone they loved or, in some unimaginably devastating cases, several someones - since 9/11.

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Knox News

Though all the people interviewed for "A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends" by Dennis Smith with Deirdre Smith share the loss of a loved during the terror attacks of Sept.

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