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On Top of the World examines the events of 9/11 through a unique lens: Cantor Fitzgerald's surviving employees. This company, which has been a heavyweight in the US bond market for decades, suffered by far the largest number of fatalities that fateful day: 658 of its nearly 1000 NYC employees perished because they were above the point of impact in the North Tower and had no way to escape. I found this book very compelling, for several reasons. For me, personally, it struck a chord because I used...
I really enjoyed reading this book and appreciated learning about the almost superhuman effort the remaining Cantor Fitzgerald employees made to keep the company afloat after 9/11 in order to help the families of the 700 employees they lost that day. The book is really a combination of the CEO's, Howard Lutnik, personal memories and the compilation of many activities and events and other personal accounts by Lutnik's friend, author Tom Barbash who flew to New York City at Lutnik's request to kee...
I bought this book at the gift shop at the 9/11 Museum in Manhattan thinking that it looked like an interesting read and wow, it was. As I read this book, on every page I kept saying to myself "this is horrifying, how can people go through this?". What the individuals, family and friends who lived on went through is beyond words. The book was extremely interesting from a business perspective but the human story behind this was so much more. I hope that each of the loved ones of the seven hundred...
This book covers the immediate aftermath of Cantor Fitzgerald's loss of over 700 employees in the north Twin Tower on 9/11. It's a book of loss, mourning, anger, perseverance & camaraderie.
This was a 911 story that I could not put down. It was about Cantor Fitzgerald. A company I had never heard of before reading this story. Howard Lutnick was the owner. On September 11, 2007 it was a day like any other. Except Howard chose to take his son to his first day of kindergarten. Howard was not in the building with 658 employees and countless others when tower one and then tower two were struck. Howard watched the whole thing from the street. It was an incredible story. How the company w...
This is an amazing book and an incredible story. It’s hard to imagine the loss involved for Cantor Fitzgerald. 658 employees dead and 300 left. That is crazy. I especially enjoyed the stories of individuals told from fellow employees as well as their families. Howard is an inspiration. This poor man took on the world to give it back to his dead employees families. The last chapter of this book was the best pages I have ever read. Emotional and poignant. This writer captured every feeling and pla...
This was a quick, very emotional read. Although it does look to put Cantor Fitzgerald in a positive light, I believe it's correct to do so after reading this book.Howard Lutnick faced loss, hearbreak, devastation, and choices that, hopefully, none of us will ever have to endure. I admire him for his courage, feel for his personal losses, and congratulate him on keeping his company (and, in turn, the families of those that were lost) together.A really good read.
Read, and re-read, this several years ago. Exceptional 911 memoir. Ten years ago, the CEO of Canter Fitzgerald dropped off his son at kindergarten, delaying his arrival to his company's offices of in the world trade center. Something like 90% of the Canter Fitzgerald's workforce died in the 911 attacks. The book shows the remaining employee's attempts to recover emotionally, aid the other survivors are relatives of the victims, and rebuild Cantor Fizgerald.
Interesting book, and surprisingly moving in parts. The author (an old friend of Howard Lutnick) manages to put Lutnick's side of the story very well. For someone like me with previous exposure to Cantor Fitzgerald and an awareness of their reputation prior to 9/11, it was interesting to see the other point of view.
This is an old story (written in 2003) but so very moving. An enthralling read that I literally could not put down. So fascinating from the human side and so interesting about how they literally put the business back together. Well written, informative and yet surprisingly personal.
Interesting read from the inside of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost nearly 700 of their 1,000 employees during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. The most engaging part of the story was the beginning and middle but it kind of fizzled in the last third.
This book is really well written and tells a story you won't get anywhere else. It's not the most objective book, but the author is completely up front about his friendship with Howard Lutnick. Definitely worth reading.
My copy is the paperback version of this edition
Only about 40 pages in and a lot of tears have already been shed.
I thought the CEO did a wonderful job with this company.
A memoir of how the most-wounded broker-dealer firm on Wall Street recovered - personally and professionally - from the loss of 700 employees on 9/11. More about lives and loss than about finance.
Very compelling story about one 9/11 company's fight to stay in business after the devastation of that day....