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Title:
On top of the world : Cantor Fitzgerald and 9/11 : a story of loss and renewal
Author:
Lutnick, Howard, 1961-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
282 pages : 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780060510299
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly seven hundred of Cantor Fitzgerald's one thousand 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. Not one of them lived.

Their friends and colleagues who survived did so through random luck: They missed a train, had a business trip, took a sick day, or, in the case of CEO Howard Lutnick, dropped off his son at his first day of kindergarten.

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 in its wake. 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.

The book examines the media scrutiny that followed Lutnick, a man who lost his brother and so many friends, who struggled to be at once the compassionate leader the grieving families needed and the tough-minded CEO his decimated company required. Finally, On Top of the World tells the story of a group of men and women -- some of whom were just starting out, others who had succeeded well beyond their expectations -- who were building homes and raising families together, who hired relatives and friends, and the brothers and sisters of those friends. That their 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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Booklist Review

The dynamic leader of the brokerage firm that lost so many of its employees in the World Trade Center attack tells the story of his firm and how he and the survivors coped with their losses and kept the company going.


Library Journal Review

Cantor Fitzgerald's chair and CEO discusses not just the events of September 11 when nearly 700 members of his firm lost their lives but also the firm's rise to power and the efforts afterward to rethink the future. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.