On Top of the World

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

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgerald's 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 Cantor's 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060510307
  • 9780060510305

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"Gripping." -- New York Times Book Review "A sensitive and heartbreaking account....The book has enormous emotional power."--New York Newsday "Written with the urgency of breaking news...The individual stories take one's breath away."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Gripping."--New York Times Book Review Written with the urgency of breaking news...The individual stories take one s breath away. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution" A sensitive and heartbreaking account....The book has enormous emotional power. --New York Newsday" Gripping. --New York Times Book Review"
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About Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash grew up in New York and is the author of three books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays, and articles for publications including McSweeney's, Tin House, the Believer, Narrative Magazine, One Story, StoryQuarterly, Zyzzyva, the Missouri Review, Story Magazine, Men's Journal, ESPN the Magazine, BookForum, and the New York Times.

His short story collection Stay Up With Me (Ecco/Harper Collins) was nominated for the Folio Prize, and was picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR, Amazon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller and a New York Times Editor's Choice. British GQ, British Vogue, and British Harper's Bazaar selected it for their summer book clubs.

His novel The Last Good Chance (Picador USA), was awarded The California Book Award, was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year, and was short listed for the Great Lakes Book Prize and the Saroyan International Prize.

He has held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The James Michener Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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