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September 11: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

William Groneman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

William Groneman describes his experiences during the dark day of September 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks that followed. His is a highly personal account written from the perspective of a Captain of the New York City Fire Department, but also from the perspective of a writer aware of the importance of a factual record.


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About the Author

William Groneman III was born, raised, and educated in New York City. He served twenty-five years on the New York City Fire Department. His final assignment was as Captain of Engine Company 308. He retired in 2002 to pursue his writing and public speaking career.

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  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Goldminds Publishing, LLC (August 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HFLE62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoir from Ground Zero July 11, 2012
By Ragnar
Format:Paperback
Most American adults remember where they were when they first heard about the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center. What most of us don't know is what it was like for the responding emergency personnel. This poignant and, at times difficult to read, though very readable, account takes you first hand through the emotions and frustrations of Fire Captain William Groneman III of Engine Company 308, City of New York Fire Department. You experience with Bill his struggles to deal with the terrible destruction and the loss of hundreds of brother and sister firefighters, many of them his friends, as well as the thousands of civilian casualties. You can almost taste the grit in the air and smell the fumes from the rubble. At times I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes reading Bill's memoir. It is a real page-turner, in spite of the difficult nature of the story, and gives you quite an insight on what it was like to be at Ground Zero. This should be required reading for all of us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Memoir From a Fireman July 23, 2013
By Marsha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
William Groneman was a fireman who helped out after the terrorist attack on the WTC and he writes about his involvement and the deaths of some firemen friends. I felt that some parts of the book were a little dry as he wrote a lot about some of the politics in the fire department having to deal with the aftermath, which wasn't particularly interesting for me. Groneman does mention he felt a lot of anger afterwards and that this event did change him, which his totally understandable. Groneman does not make himself out to be a hero, just a regular guy trying to help out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different account of the Happenings on Sept 11th March 25, 2013
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I found it interesting but agree with one reviewer it was a little confusing since I also live in Florida. It was an account written by a NY City Fireman who arrived sometime after the towers had been hit and the buildings had fallen--in fact he first saw the fire from the first hit building as he was walking on Jones Beach in Long Island. He had particularly vivid accounts of how thick the duct was all around them when he got to the Twin Towers area.

I actually was at the 1 year memorial for the people who had died in 9/11 (in fact I was at the first 7 of them) and heard the names read of the people who died that day. So it was interesting he was there too. There were some good pictures in the book too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Day to Remember July 20, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a five star read. William Groneman III has captured the essence of September 11, 2001. He began the day in the ordinary world. He learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center after both planes had struck but before the first collapse. As did I. Then, sitting on a hotel room bed, I watched the first tower come down . . . and kept glancing at the word in the corner of the TV screen. "Live," I thought. "This is live."
Groneman took me with him into the nightmare world of Lower Manhattan, covered in the pulverized dust of buildings which only hours before had been offices where people strove and dreamed. The sense of unreality is compelling; of not knowing when or if the attacks would stop, of believing we might all be dead already. An office tower burning and no one fighting it, Groneman's stinging eyes and parched throat, his frustration while waiting for the impossibility of order out of chaos, and an assignment that might make a difference. As he works at Ground Zero, he sees many brother firefighters he knew well after over twenty years in the FDNY. They compare notes, who made it . . . who did not.
In the book, Groneman is pictured with the Lone Star flag that flew over the Alamo on September 11. His day began with a run on pristine Jones Beach on Long Island. Mine began in the San Antonio hotel across the street from the Alamo. Where were you?
Get September 11 and read it. Groneman's low-key, almost humble style, yet laced with a dry wit, captures the FDNY's "whistling past the graveyard" banter. He will make you laugh . . . and cry. And remember.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't purchase or take for free April 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This author does NOT really tell you very much about Sept. 11. He wasn't down in the area for days. I didn't care for this book at all. It seemed to me, it was more about him than what happened that day and those that died. He's full of himself
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