The tragic events of September 11, 2001, forever altered the American landscape, both figuratively and literally. Immediately after the jets struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, Dennis Smith, a former firefighter, reported to Manhattan’s Ladder Co. 16 to volunteer in the rescue efforts. In the weeks that followed, Smith was present on the front lines, attending to the wounded, sifting through the wreckage, and mourning with New York’s devastated fire and police departments.
Dennis Smith is a former FDNY firefighter and is the best-known advocate for firefighters in the United States. In each day of his eighteen years as a New York City firefighter, he developed profound respect for the professionalism of the firefighters with whom he worked, and their willingness to give of themselves in the course of their duty.
His remarkable career as firefighter, best-selling author, magazine publisher, and director of important not-for-profits provides him with the experience needed to help plan and manage fire, emergency, and charitable organizations throughout the United States.
Mr. Smith began his career as a firefighter in the New York Fire Department, and served in some of the city’s most active and dangerous fire districts. When Mr. Smith published Report from Engine Co. 82, a non-fictional account of life in the South Bronx firehouse – the world’s busiest –in which he served, the book became an immediate New York Times best seller, sold more than 3 million copies, and was translated into thirteen languages. Three more national best sellers about firefighting followed. In all, Mr. Smith has written sixteen books, and his A Song for Mary was chosen by Book-of-the-Month Club as the best memoir of 1999. His most recent best seller, Report from Ground Zero, was at the number 2 position on the NY Times list, and has become the acknowledged historical record of that tragic day and the ensuing months. About this book, the Senior Counsel to “The United States Commission on September 11th” has written, “I have read much of the writing about the emergency response that day, and have found “Report from Ground Zero” to be the closest to a definitive account.” His 16th book, “Of Love And Courage” is an important novel that explores the status of woman in Islam, in the setting of the religious and political turmoil in today’s world.
From the teeming metropolis of New York to the seething streets of Manila and Cotabato City in the Philippine south, this is a timely tale of forbidden and courageous love -- set against the backdrop of today's pressing issues involving cultural division and religious conflict.
Michael Marshall is the Homeland Security Director of New York, a former NYPD officer, and a Delta Force Ranger who has seen action in Fallujah and Mosul. He spends his waking hours safeguarding the people of his beloved city from terrorist attacks, living his life with the knowledge that every day brings the possibility of another 9/11, another incident that will take the lives of innocent people or another hapless person he could not save. His Catholic upbringing tells him to love mankind, but this is increasingly difficult to do given the hatred and evil that he faces each day. Until one chance meeting at a New York subway challenges all his convictions and principles.
Amina Ismail is a devout Muslim woman who hails from Cotabato – a city in Southern Philippines where more than 50% of the population claims Islam as a religion. Against his better judgment, Michael finds himself fascinated by this mysterious, kind and charming woman. Will they be able to overcome the divisions and conflicts of their respective religions, as well as the weight of family opinion, to make room for what they feel in their hearts?
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At 5:12 a.m. on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in history, instantly killing hundreds. The ensuing fires that ravaged the city for days were responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,000 more. In all, 522 blocks and 28,188 buildings were leveled, and some 200,000 people dislocated.
From his bawdy and brave fellow firefighters to the hopeful, hateful, beautiful and beleaguered residents of the poverty-stricken district where he works, Dennis Smith tells the story of a brutalising yet rewarding profession.
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.
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Report from Ground Zero on Charlie Rose
Report from Ground Zero
Man Alive: The Bronx Is Burning — FDNY 1972
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