On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal

On Top of the World Cantor Fitzgerald Howard Lutnick and A Story of Loss and Renewal On the morning of September nearly of Cantor Fitzgerald s New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck

  • Title: On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal
  • Author: Tom Barbash
  • ISBN: 9780060510305
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgerald s 1,000 New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck eight floors below None survived.On Top of the World tells the story not only of that tragic day but also of the complicated and emotionally charged events that followed ItOn the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 700 of Cantor Fitzgerald s 1,000 New York employees were at their desks on the top floors of One World Trade Center when a hijacked passenger plane struck eight floors below None survived.On Top of the World tells the story not only of that tragic day but also of the complicated and emotionally charged events that followed It is an intimate, often harrowing look at how private families processed a public atrocity, how corporate war room strategy sessions saved the company from liquidation and the efforts of opportunistic competitors.This book examines the media scrutiny that followed Howard Lutnick, who struggled to be at once the compassionate leader the grieving families needed and the tough minded CEO his decimated company required It also tells the story of the men and women of Cantor whose lost coworkers were relatives and friends, and brothers and sisters That Cantor s business has survived and even flourished and that an initially uneasy but ultimately significant covenant has been formed between those who lived and the families of their lost friends is a powerful testament to the ability of a community to endure.

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    1. Rebecca McNutt

      I've always felt really sorry for Howard Lutnick. I really can't imagine being in his shoes, grieving over 700 people and having to live with an extreme amount of survivor's guilt and struggling to keep a bond trading company afloat after it was nearly destroyed. He's definitely a hero to me, vowing to set up funds to help the families of victims after the September 11th Attacks, and though he did succeed, it was a difficult journey and he soon found that mourners were turning their anger toward [...]

    2. Jessica

      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 [...]

    3. Jodi

      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 [...]

    4. Jennifer Wardrip

      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.

    5. Nick

      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.

    6. Dan Cohen

      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.

    7. Lindaellen

      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.

    8. Cindy

      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.

    9. Natalie

      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.

    10. Andrew Keen

      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.

    11. Katie

      Very compelling story about one 9/11 company's fight to stay in business after the devastation of that day.

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