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ISBN: 1616082852
Author: Dave Hollander,Michael Benfante
Language: English
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; First Edition edition (August 11, 2011)
Pages: 256
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 316
Size Fb2: 1963 kb
Size ePub: 1569 kb
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Benfante’s memoir, Reluctant Hero, is a humbling and courageous one, detailing the struggle of an ordinary man who was . I loved how Mr Benfante starts before 9/11, to introduce the main characters and give some background.

Benfante’s memoir, Reluctant Hero, is a humbling and courageous one, detailing the struggle of an ordinary man who was forced to find strength he had only read about in books. (San Diego Union-Tribune). tells his post-9/11 tale of emotional and economic hardships and the searing guilt of a survivor. Even though most Americans were somewhere other than NYC, DC, or rural Penn. The horrendous terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected us greatly.

Angelo and I are the type of brothers who like to bust each other’s chops. That’s our rhythm en promptly spilling my emotional guts all over the Newark Hilton parking garage, some levity across the dinner table from Angelo was all right with me. Very funny, An. .I smirked at him and then kissed my mom on the cheek. But Angelo wasn’t joking. No, seriously, said Angelo.

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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget. Michael Benfante became a national hero for his actions on September 11, 2001, when he and a co-worker carried a disabled woman in a wheelchair down sixty-eight flights of stairs and out of the World Trade Center North Tower to safety, just minutes before the tower imploded. He is the recipient of a host of honors and international recognition and has testified at a . Senatorial special hearing about his 9/11 experience.

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Written by Michael Benfante, narrated by Chris Ruen. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on 81st floor in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck, just 12 floors above him, Benfante organized his terrified employees, getting them out of the office and moving down the stairwells. On his way down, he and another co-worker encountered a woman in a wheelchair on the 68th floor.

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On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on the eighty-first floor in the World Trade Center North Tower.

A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget. By Michael Benfante and Dave Hollander. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on the eighty-first floor in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck, just twelve floors above him, Benfante organized his terrified employees, getting them out the office and moving down the stairwells. On his way down, he and another coworker encountered a woman in a wheelchair on the sixty-eighth floor.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on eighty-first floor in the World Trade Center North Tower.

Michael Benfante is a 9/11 survivor and the author, with Dave Hollander, of "Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget. While I cannot definitively say why some people run away from danger and some people run toward it, I can speak from my own heart and my own gut. My first instinct has been to run toward, to help. That’s what I and so many others did on Sept.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Michael Benfante went to work, just like he had day after day, at his office on eighty-first floor in the World Trade Center North Tower. Moments after the first plane struck, just twelve floors above him, Benfante organized his terrified employees, getting them out the office and moving down the stairwells. On his way down, he and another co-worker encountered a woman in a wheelchair on the sixty-eighth floor. Benfante, the woman and Benfante’s co-worker then embarked on a ninety-six-minute odyssey of escape—the two men carrying the woman down sixty-eight flights of stairs out of the North Tower and into an ambulance that rushed her to safety just minutes before the tower imploded. A CBS video camera caught Benfante just as he got out the building, and almost immediately, the national media came calling. Benfante sat on the couch with Oprah Winfrey, where she hailed him as a hero. Almost one year to the day after 9/11, Benfante got married and the woman in the wheelchair sat in the front row. That’s the storybook ending. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Benfante began a journey fraught with wrenching personal challenges of critical emotional and psychological depth in Reluctant Hero. Benfante shares the trappings of his public heroism, the loneliness of his private anguish, and the hope he finds for himself and for us. Because all of us—whether we were in the towers, in New York City, or someplace else—we are all 9/11 survivors.

Comments:

Nicearad
I started this book this morning at breakfast, and spent the rest of the day thoroughly engrossed. Having heard the "public" side of Mr. Benfante's story, I was eager to hear his personal account of the events of that terrible day. I certainly got more than I ever expected. His years' long struggle to find some meaning in his survival was every bit as compelling as his account of the tragedy itself. I applaud his heroism, and that of his co-worker as they carried a wheelchair-bound stranger down sixty plus flights of stairs to safety when it would have been so much easier to hand her off to someone else or just leave her behind. But there was so much more to this story than the selfless act of courage that was repeated endlessly in the days, weeks and and months following the tragedy. This is the very real, heartbreaking story of how the author's struggle to overcome the emotional impact of survival finally ended in triumph after years of burying his feelings in anger, denial and alcohol. And I almost forgot Michael's ultimate message, that we should never forget 911, but more importantly, remember that feeling, that sense of unity we all experienced in the days and weeks following the tragedy of September 11, 2001. That together we, as a country, as a society, can overcome anything-even something as horrendous as the senseless slaughter of 3,000 innocents-if we can only all look out for each other. Personally, I am going to strive to do those anonymous random acts of kindness this September 11. I hope anyone who reads this book will do the same.
iSlate
I do believe what Michael and John did that awful day was a true act of heroism. Bless them for saving poor Tina's life. I'm also sorry Michael struggled so much, both personally abs professionally, post-9/11.

I few things I'd like to share that would have made the book more special to me:

I'd like to know what became of Tina and John. Both were very much a part of the subject matter of this book. Are they both OK?

I'd like to know why Michael refused help. Why was he so against therapy to counteract depression and PSTD?

I struggled a bit to follow the timeline of his appearances. That part of the story seemed scattered to me and I ended up confused at times. He seemed to jump around a bit when writing about his media experiences.

Otherwise, a heart-wrenching account of one man's unimaginable experience of terror, tragedy and despair, and his courageous accounting of a true act of heroism.
Mikarr
This is the kind of book you can't put down. It should be a required book for late middle schoolers or at least all high school students!

I loved how Mr Benfante starts before 9/11, to introduce the main characters and give some background. It is an amazing survivor's accounts of his struggles for many years in the aftermath. Even though most Americans were somewhere other than NYC, DC, or rural Penn. The horrendous terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected us greatly. Most of us were glued to our tv for days. He mentions how we are all survivers. It is an interesting way of looking at it. But to a very different extent, it is true, we have all changed because it. Our lives will never be the same. Even though he doesn't think so, he is a hero and so was hundreds others.

He talked about how this country came together to help each other out. And how it angered him at how fast that changed again. That feeling made total sense to me because it bothered me too. It's just a shame he denied to everyone, but most importantly himself, that he really needed help dealing with all of his emotions from 9/11. And all the negative ways he tried to ignore them.
Cala
Michael captured the day we all remember, first hand. I can't imagine being in his shoes, but I would hope I'd do the same if I were in them. I don't know if he reads these reviews, but I'd like to thank him for bringing this book to light. It helps all of us whether 1 block or 1000 miles away back to try to understand what happened that day. Thank you for this book, Michael. I hope one day I cross paths with you and can buy you lunch. Not to talk about 9/11, but to talk to you about being a human, and an American.
Kulwes
Having worked for Mike at the office in the World Trade Center and knowing him as a person before and after 9/11, I thought that I had an understanding of what he had went through on that day in 2001. This book not only expanded on his life and feelings during that experience, but also shared the sometimes painful reality of living in a post-9/11 world and how to cope and move on within it. This is a story that explores deep areas of the human soul and provides inspiration and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

I highly recommend this book and express my gratitude to Mike for having the courage not only on 9/11 to do what he was nationally acclaimed for doing, but also to compile his story into this novel to share with the world and deliver a powerful message that has been lost and that many of us have since forgotten over the past 10 years.

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