• BOOK REVIEW: Rubble by Bob Kemper–Unique Insight into how 9/11 Families Rebuilt

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    We will never forget
    RUBBLE
    How the 9/11 Families Rebuilt Their Lives and Inspired America



    On the gorgeous, late-summer morning of September 11, 2001, a nation was plunged into despair and fear when terrorists struck America’s grandest symbols of economic and military might—the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—and killed nearly 3,000 people. Thrown together by fate under horrific circumstances, the victims’ families rose from the rubble of their decimated lives, rebuilt, and banded together to become an irresistible political force unprecedented in American history.


    Bob Kemper, an award-winning reporter for more than twenty-five years, first met the families of 9/11 shortly after the attacks. As the White House correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Kemper was one of the few reporters to spend the day after the attacks at President George W. Bush’s side. From the inside, he watched the White House try repeatedly to thwart the families’ push for an investigation and witnessed firsthand the power of ordinary people who did not give up. They compelled Congress to investigate the catastrophic failure of America’s national defenses, helped reshape the nation’s intelligence network, and changed the way the United States combats terrorism.
    In Kemper’s capable hands, the ten-year struggle of the 9/11 families comes alive in a way that readers will never forget. It is a story about the resilience of the human spirit, the gutdriven determination of those demanding to know why their loved ones died, and the travails they suffered, alone and together, while pressing for answers.


    Bob Kemper
    Currently the assistant managing editor of the Washington Examiner and an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., Bob Kemper has appeared as a political analyst on NBC, NPR, and the BBC, among other news outlets. This is his first book. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his three children, Ryan, Jack, and Grace.


    Advance Praise for Rubble

    “Working with the 9/11 families on a daily basis, I’ve experienced their unique individual force of conviction and their collective determination so brilliantly described by Bob Kemper. Rubble tells the first human tale of the true and only heroes of 9/11, those who overcame not only their grief and anger, but also so many political, diplomatic, and legal hurdles. In facing barbarism almost alone and armed solely with their courage, conviction, and humanity, they bequeath to all mankind a unique and enduring legacy.”

    JEAN-CHARLES BRISARD, former chief investigator, 9/11 families’ lawsuits

    “The elegance of Kemper’s writing makes Rubble a compelling read. The depth of his firsthand knowledge of the 9/11 families makes it an important one. Guiltless and unaffected, Kemper amplifies the voices of the 9/11 families, recounts their willful response to the tragedy, and reminds us that the powerful forces of instability after 9/11 were matched by the group solidarity, optimism, and imagination of those who lost the most.

    — JOSHUA WOODS, assistant professor of sociology, West Virginia University, and author of Freaking Out: A Decade of Living with Terrorism



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