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Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor Hardcover – August 2, 2011

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"I interviewed Genelle Guzman just after the world changed on September 11, 2001. I wondered how what she went through would affect her life in the years to come. In this eloquent and poignant book, I ended up reassured and inspired. And not just about Genelle. But about humanity. Even though we know Genelle was "the last survivor," the detail in this book is intricate and tense; as you read each word it makes you angry, sorrowful, and incredulous all over again. But the underlying story of Genelle's strength, fortitude, faith, and kindness is a vivid and important reminder that good is far more powerful than the evil we saw that day. This isn't just Genelle's incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget." (Gary Tuchman, CNN national correspondent)

Angel in the Rubble is a riveting, simply-told story of strength, hope, and miracles by a simple, yet extraordinary, woman. It strengthened my faith in God, humanity, and those American values that make the USA the remarkable country it is. It's a potent shot of hope, whether Jew or Gentile, Muslim or Atheist. (Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Trinidad & Tobago, author, and Miss Universe 1998)

“I simply devoured Angel in the Rubble; I read it from cover to cover and found it impossible to put down! Genelle’s life is undeniable proof that miracles still happen. Even when all hope seems lost, it is never out of reach. Hope was a choice that not only kept her alive for twenty-seven harrowing hours, but caused her to live her life in the aftermath of tragedy with deep conviction and passion. She shares that hope is available to all of us, regardless of whatever circumstance we may face. It is hard to read Angel in the Rubble without searching your own soul and asking yourself what truly matters. You will never look at your life, your family, or God the same again. This book is sure to impact the world, but more importantly it will touch your heart in a profound way.” (Crystal Woodman Miller, survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and author of Marked for Life)

Inspiring. Gripping. Riveting. Read this book. It will clasp you by the hand and compel you to get right with God and others—today. You’ll be challenged to believe in miracles . . . in angels . . . in redemption . . . and most of all—in God Almighty. (Robert Rogers, author of Into the Deep: one man’s story of how tragedy took his family but could not take his faith and founder of Mighty in the Land Ministry)

About the Author

Genelle Guzman-McMillan was born and raised in Trinidad. She currently works at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in New York City and lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband, Roger, and four children. Genelle is a member of Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and is a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She has been the recipient of several awards and proclamations since 9/11, including a Medal of Honor from the Port Authority.
William Croyle is an education reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and resides in Erlanger, Kentucky, with his wife, Debra, and three sons. He is the author of I Choose to be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor’s Triumph Over Tragedy with Missy Jenkins, who was paralyzed in the 1997 Paducah, Kentucky, school shooting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451635206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451635201
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
All of us remember the events of 9/11. Most of us remember what we were doing and where we were when those terrible events occurred. Genelle Guzman-McMillan was literally right in the middle of things. She worked in the North Tower. She was officially the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the Towers. She was rescued 27 hours after it all began. During the time she was trapped she had time to look at her life and where she had been heading and what she hoped to do IF she was found. She was pinned in a small space only able to move one arm. It was during this time when she felt so alone that she reached out to the God she had pushed away so long ago. This is not only her story of survival against all the odds, but her story of spiritual renewal. She made promises to God that she is now working to fulfill on a daily basis. This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a 9/11 survival story. It is a definite read for anyone who feels all alone in this world and would like to find their way back to God. It is for anyone who just wants to be inspired. I definitely recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Monde on August 13, 2011
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Angel in the rubble is an absolute must read. From the moment I started reading this book it was very hard for me to put it down because I desperately wanted to know what happened next. I was inspired and captivated by Genelle's recount of the horrific ordeal that took the lives of many of her friends and co-workers on September 11th. Her narration gives you insight on the frightening thoughts and stress that went through all those innocent people minds. Whether you're a believer or non-believer this book is a true and faithful testament to me that there is a God, even though I can't see him, I know that he is real. A miracle like Genelle's just further proves to me that God is always with us and he will never forsake us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fields on August 8, 2011
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If you can draw a breath, there is always hope. No matter how bad thinkgs look at the time. Sure we don't usually go through the things the Genelle went through but the references to hope still apply. Sometimes extra ordinary things have to happen to you so that God can capture your attention. Trapped underneath millions of pounds of rubble you'd think to yourself, "there's no way anyone will find me here. I'm doomed." I'm sure this woman was tempted to go there. But her story was just beginning, not ending. Give this book to the people in your life that need a lift or a boost to get going again. Life is a gift so get on with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "A" book girl on September 9, 2011
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"When the world says 'Give up', hope whispers 'Try it one more time.'"

I think this book is filled with great quotes! I've marked pgs so I can remember them & look back on. I can't imagine going through what Genelle and others went through first hand on 9/11. Hearing her story, the story of some of the rescuers, and some of those who lost their lives on 9/11 was very emotional! Their persevance and hope is inspiring! I'm so happy to have this book in my collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina Laster on April 14, 2014
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Wow! I always wondered what it must've been like for those victims who were inside the building when it collapsed. Now I know. Her account of what they experienced as the tallest building in the world fell on them was truly chilling. The only problem I had was understanding why they didn't leave the building immediately when the building swayed so violently and they saw the burning paper falling, or when they saw the condition of their building on CNN. They sat 90 minutes in that office waiting for help that never came. Had they left immediately after they felt the building sway, those 90 minutes would probably have given them enough time to descend the stairs and they might all have survived.

I was in a high-rise fire in 1986 and like them, we were also instructed to stay in place until we heard from the firemen. I immediately got up, grabbed my bag and proceeded to leave via the stairs, like I learned in EVERY FIRE DRILL I EVER HAD SINCE FIRST GRADE. My boss told me to get back to work and threatened to fire me if I left. I threatened to sue her and the company if I was fired for obeying the fire alarm…assuming, of course, that any of them survived. When I said that, my co-workers all got up and left with me. We got downstairs and discovered the floors above us were engulfed in flames. The people in the buildings next door evacuated too because sparks and burning paper and debris can set nearby structures on fire, so better safe than sorry. There were some smoke inhalation cases but nobody died that day because everybody left. And I didn't get fired.

Whoever came up with the "stay put in a burning high-rise" theory has a lot of blood on his hands. Had we waited as instructed, we might have gotten trapped and died.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Koerner on October 2, 2011
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Angel in the Rubble is probably the best book on 9/11 I have read. As many books as there are out there this is the first one that will make you smile because it is a story of the most horrific day in American history yet it is the story of a remarkable womans survival.
The story is of Genelle Guzman-McMillan who was born in Trinidad and came to New York City to make a better life for herself. In order to do this she had to leave her teenage daughter behind with her ex-husband. She planned to bring her to New York as soon as she made her dreams come true.
Genelle worked on the 110th floor of the North Tower for the Port Authority. When "it" happened, Genelle was at her desk talking to a co-worker. Her book talks in detail of how the building literally swayed and shook. She said there was a large "boom" at the same time.
Genelle and her co-worker imediately ran to the windows and saw a shower of paper falling. The supervisor on the floor told them to "remain calm and stay put".
Some employees had already left the office to exit the building in fear but Genelle and her friend stayed as they were told.
As time passsed smoke started to enter the office and the remaining employees paniced. They decided they were leaving period. They found a stairwell empty of smoke and began the decent. As they reached 13th floor landing the building collapsed.
She lay buried for 24 hours in the dark and thought about her life, her things she did right, wrong, etc. When the building collapsed and she was first buried she was very hot. Later when she woke up she figured it was either night or the fires were either put out or had gone out because she had gotten very cold. She could reach in the pocket around her and below her could feel cloth but could not pull it free to cover her.
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