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

by Tom Barbash

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A fantastic and heartbreaking story that should be read by everyone who wonders why we still fight the 'war on terror.' No company lost more people in the attacks on the twin towers than Cantor Fitzgerald and their story is one that definitely needed to be told. This book was written not long after so the stories, and the pain, are still fresh in the minds of those interviewed. The author is a friend of the CEO of the company so he brought a certain level of access that most authors wouldn't have gotten. It was a sad read but well worth the time. ( )
  jclark88 | May 7, 2011 |
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. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 14, 2009 |
Very good. ( )
  philip2021 | Jun 28, 2007 |
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In the attacks of September 11, 2001, 658 of New York brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald's 1,000 New York employees were killed. Immediately following the events, author Tom Barbash traveled to New York to profile his college friend, Cantor CEO Howard Lutnick, and chronicle the firm's struggles to stay in business and help its employees' families. The result, On Top of the World, is a compulsively readable book that is difficult to categorize. Unlike many books about the attacks, its story goes well beyond September 11 and into the following year, helping to better demonstrate the human impact of the catastrophe. And while the book ably describes the horror of the events, it is as much a business study as anything: can a company that trades $200 billion a day in commodities futures survive the sudden death of over 65 percent of its New York employees, and its New York headquarters? Cantor Fitzgerald does endure, but soon Lutnick becomes the center of a media firestorm as Connie Chung, Bill O'Reilly from Fox News, and others question the sincerity of Lutnick's public appearances and denounce his method of compensating the families of those lost. Barbash, a novelist by trade, portrays his friend's struggles sympathetically but also provides well-researched dimension to the other people involved, which helps deepen the human drama of the efforts on the part of all involved to put their lives and their company back together. --John Moe

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Profiles Cantor Fitzgerald, the company that occupied the top floors of the World Trade Center, tracing the career of controversial CEO Howard Lutnick while describing its survivors' efforts to rebuild the business and their lives.

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