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"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." - Helen Keller
There have been thousands of books written about September 11th, but only a very few that focused on any of the acts of selflessness and support that followed the attacks.
In the Good from the Grief will bring together all the stories great and small together in one book celebrating the best in human nature from the scholarships created in memory of victims, to the memorials erected and the many, many acts of sacrifice--from the restaurants of New York providing food to victims and rescue workers to the tour boats evacuating tens of thousands, to the fact that crime went down in New York for months after the attacks as though even the bad guys didn't want to trouble the already overstrained police. The California Highway Patrol noticed a significant drop in road rage for months after September 11 as everyone tried to treat each other with a touch more kindness.
Small towns in Newfoundland took in thousands of people stranded when their flights from Europe were diverted there. Very few of those Canadian hosts would take money from their unexpected guests, so many who were on those flights contributed to a scholarship fund that will enable students from the area to attend college.
Fire stations around the world stopped traffic to stand in silent solidarity with their fallen comrades in New York. And for the first time ever, the queen ordered the Buckingham Palace Band to play the Star Spangled Banner and thousands of Brits showed up to sing it.
In addition to all of the kindness shown in New York, many acts of heroism and generosity were carried out by the people around the Pentagon and the residents of Somerset County, Pennsylvania — where I once lived. Scholarships and memorials were created for many of the courageous passengers of Flight 93 who thwarted an apparent attack on Washington DC at the cost of their own lives. There is now a school named after Todd Beamer and a Rugby Tournament in memory of Mark Bingham, among many other tributes.
Some of the proceeds from the book will be donated to some of the charities and scholarships covered in the book.
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