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William Groneman describes his experiences during the dark day of September 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks that followed. His is a highly personal account written from the perspective of a Captain of the New York City Fire Department, but also from the perspective of a writer aware of the importance of a factual record.


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William Groneman describes his experiences during the dark day of September 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks that followed. His is a highly personal account written from the perspective of a Captain of the New York City Fire Department, but also from the perspective of a writer aware of the importance of a factual record.

36 review for September 11: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This is one firefighter's personal story of what he experienced on 9/11 and during the following weeks. This is the first such memoir I've read and it offered a new perspective on the day ie. whilst we were all caught up with the dramatic TV footage, what was happening on the ground, what were people doing, how were the emergency services coping etc? It was a really interesting and compelling read. William Groneman tells his tale in a down to earth and raw and honest way revealing how this event This is one firefighter's personal story of what he experienced on 9/11 and during the following weeks. This is the first such memoir I've read and it offered a new perspective on the day ie. whilst we were all caught up with the dramatic TV footage, what was happening on the ground, what were people doing, how were the emergency services coping etc? It was a really interesting and compelling read. William Groneman tells his tale in a down to earth and raw and honest way revealing how this event, in which 343 of his 'brothers' were killed, has affected him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Maguire

    A gripping and revealing account of the realities of being one of The Bravest in the wake of 9/11. The author recounts the horrors; frustrations, and the physical and mental traumas which were interwoven into the narratives of the First Responders on that 9/11 and in the emergent "normality" in the days and weeks which followed. This book represents one of a emergent new genre which covers the story of survival in the wake of the attack and provides a much-needed dimension to the 9/11 Survivors A gripping and revealing account of the realities of being one of The Bravest in the wake of 9/11. The author recounts the horrors; frustrations, and the physical and mental traumas which were interwoven into the narratives of the First Responders on that 9/11 and in the emergent "normality" in the days and weeks which followed. This book represents one of a emergent new genre which covers the story of survival in the wake of the attack and provides a much-needed dimension to the 9/11 Survivors narrative. Conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; respiratory illness, and physiological deterioration are coming to the fore via works such as this, particulary in light of the alarming mortality rate amongst the 9/11 First Responders. The feelings of frustrated, or incomplete heroism coupled to mortality contrive to complete a residual 9/11 which continues to reverberate throughout those who endured 9/11. The book is a carthartic, and compelling account of a 9/11 First Responder coming to terms with his own endeavours and survival in the context of the post 9/11 world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    When all NYC firemen were on a “call back” to return to work, Groneman went to help out at the World Trade Center area after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the United States. I have read several other books on 9/11, but Groneman’s book gave another perspective. What I learned was more about the chaos during that day and the weeks that followed. Also, what was interesting was when Groneman wrote about how the events affected him personally. Many firemen that he knew from his years as a fireman When all NYC firemen were on a “call back” to return to work, Groneman went to help out at the World Trade Center area after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the United States. I have read several other books on 9/11, but Groneman’s book gave another perspective. What I learned was more about the chaos during that day and the weeks that followed. Also, what was interesting was when Groneman wrote about how the events affected him personally. Many firemen that he knew from his years as a fireman in NY were killed that day. Groneman’s grief and anger from those losses and the loss of innocent people from the attacks comes through in his book. He mentioned how the events changed him. He admits he became more impatient and angry and did seek occasional counseling. Groneman is retired and now lives in Texas. I found out about his book at the 2012 Texas Book Festival in downtown Austin.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Ward

    easy read and interesting

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