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Heart of a Soldier "The Weekend Reader Edition" Selected and edited by Reader's Digest
Heart of a Soldier The Weekend Reader Edition Selected and edited by Reader's Digest Author:James B. Stewart Stewart tells the extraordinary story of Rick Rescorla, chief of security for Morgan Stanley, who personally got 2,700 of the company's employees out of the South Tower on September 11. A decorated soldier, he believed that Osama bin Laden would attack the World Trade Center a second time. Although he did not survive that attack, he is a true li... more »fe inspiration for many.
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 cliches. It's an absorbing and at times inspiring profile in courage, yet the book has the feel of an extended magazine piece.
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I found this edited edition was excellent. What a incredible man Veteran war hero and Morgan Stanley security chief Rick Rescorla was. He knew the risks and yet willing gave his life to save thousands of lives on Sept 11.
The verbal picture of him singing into a bullhorn to give others the strength to get out while he stayed to get as many more as possible out is simply amazing. This is a man you will not easily forget.