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Publisher's Summary

Immediately after two hijacked jets struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Dennis Smith volunteered in the rescue effort. Having spent his career as both a respected writer and a member of one of the city's busiest firehouses, Smith became determined to use his unique background to tell the story of the disaster and its aftermath with the empathy and understanding that only an insider could bring to it. Smith has collected astonishing first-person testimony from rescuers who were present as the towers were attacked, evacuated, and then fell. He also recounts his own experiences at the devastation of Ground Zero over the next few weeks: attending to the physically and psychologically wounded, helping organize fund-raising, and attending some of the almost inconceivable number of funerals of firefighters, police officers, and emergency rescue workers.
Report from Ground Zero is the most detailed and immediate record of this unforgettable event, with the unique perspective of a writer who has been praised as "the poet laureate of firefighters".
©2002 Dennis Smith. Recorded by arrangement with Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc. (P)2002 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"The narrators recreate these emotional interviews with accounts of the horror suffered by these survivors while simultaneously revealing their unselfish acts of heroism under the extreme conditions of war on our own soil. With dignity and respect, the narratives reveal heartbroken yet courageous individuals who instinctively manifested a fighting spirit of good vs. evil, as well as love for their fellow humans. This is a tragic yet inspirational testimony well performed in light of the still fresh memory." (AudioFile)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Bliss on 01-31-17

Not worth a credit

Not only is this book boring, it seems pretty biased in terms of its portrayal of what it calls "Middle Easterners." Absolutely pales in comparison in to other books about September 11. Don't bother with it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By VC on 12-29-16


Would you consider the audio edition of Report from Ground Zero to be better than the print version?

No, the narrator's fake crying came across as over the top and distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

The experience of 9/11 during and after. Hearing what is what like in the pits working the cleanup.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Eric Conger's narrating would be better suited for a fictional story instead of biographical books. I think a better narrator would have been Dennis Smith himself. The other narrators were great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction because when you choose a 9/11 book, you pretty much know what you are going to be reading about.

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