Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Decade of Hope - Dennis Smith

A decade after 9/11 the author Dennis Smith talks to a variety of people whose lives were changed forever.  From police and fireman who were there at ground zero, to people who escaped the tower, parents, husbands and wives of those who died, a sister of the pilot who crashed into the pentagon and first responders who rushed to the scene.

We all know a lot of the stories, the ones that tragically died and the ones that survived.  It was an interesting reflection, as after this time period the grieving for those lost has changed and for many there is a distinction between people being killed vs them being murdered, who should be considered heroes and more interesting I thought was how the survivors think we should deal with terrorism in a modern world.

It did bring tears to my eyes several times, thinking of how awful it must have been for those people who died in the towers and how hard it was for the families who were left behind, and how confusing it was for them in the days following the disaster.

In this book, and in all the books I have read on the subject you do have to admire the courage and bravery of the fire and police who went towards the towers, to try and help to rescue people - awe inspiring. 4/5

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