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Heart of a soldier : a story of love, heroism, and September 11th

by Stewart, James B.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV8291.U6 S748 2002
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV8291.U6 S748 2002
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 974.71044 St49
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  974.71044 St49
Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 974.7 STEWA
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  974.7 STEWA
Oakmont Carnegie Library Non-Fiction 974.7 ST
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 974.7 STE 2002
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  974.7 STE 2002
Sometimes from the ashes of tragedy comes an extraordinary, even magical story that inspires, offers hope, and helps heal even the deepest wounds. Heart of a Soldier is such a story, one of love and friendship, danger and courage, redemption and heroism, thrillingly told by one of America's finest writers. Susan Greer, middle-aged and divorced, had just about given up on love and romance when she met a stranger who, oddly, was jogging in his bare feet. Born in Britain on the eve of World War II, Rick Rescorla became an American citizen and a much-decorated soldier. His extraordinary life is woven into the military conflicts of his time, from the battlefields of colonial Africa, where he and his best friend, U.S. Army officer Dan Hill, led lives of adventure worthy of Kipling and Conrad, to some of the deadliest battles of Vietnam to the epicenter of modern-day terrorism. Surviving them all with great courage and style, Rescorla seemed invincible. Rescorla tried to put combat and death behind him, and for a time it seemed as though he had succeeded. With Susan, he found the peace and domesticity he craved. But it turned out that everything in his remarkable life was preparing him for one last act of selflessness that would transcend all that had come before. Then, on September 11, 2001, he faced the ultimate test. Heart of a Soldier shows us bravery under fire, loyalty to one's comrades, and the miracle of finding happiness late in life. In charge of security for Morgan Stanley, Rick Rescorla successfully got 2,700 of its employees out of the World Trade Center's South Tower on September 11. Then, thinking perhaps of the soldiers who had died in his arms and of Susan, the woman who had "made his life," he went back and began climbing the tower stairs, looking for stragglers. Heart of a Soldier is an inspiring and unforgettable story from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Den of Thieves and Blind Eye.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Stewart (Den of Thieves) aims to capture the enormity of the World Trade Center attack by retracing one of the lives lost in the disaster: that of Rick Rescorla, head of security for Morgan Stanley. From the late 1980s on, Rescorla tried to warn Port Authority officials that the World Trade Center was an easy target for terrorists. On September 11, after safely evacuating the Morgan Stanley offices in the south tower (he kept people calm by singing into his megaphone), Rescorla went back into the building minutes before it collapsed to search for stragglers. This wasn't his first selfless act of bravery: a Vietnam veteran, Rescorla won a Silver Star and other medals for his role in the Ia Drang valley an important American victory, but one whose devastating losses turned Rescorla against the war. Piecing together the recollections of, among others, Rescorla's widow, Susan, his best friend and fellow soldier, Daniel Hill, to narrate Rescorla's life story, Stewart also weaves in Susan's, and describes the Rescorlas' blissful mid-life relationship, a second marriage for both. Stewart's narrative is fast-paced, fluid and impressively detailed, though not without clichs. It's an absorbing and at times inspiring profile in courage, yet the book has the feel of an extended magazine piece. Agent, Amanda Urban. (Sept. 9) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Rescorla, Rick, -- 1939-2001.
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y. : 1970-2001)
Police, Private -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Heroes -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
Rescue work -- New York (State) -- New York.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2002
Language English
Description vii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-304) and index.
ISBN 0743240987 :
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