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Heart of a Soldier


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James B. Stewart is the author of the bestselling BLIND EYE, BLOOD SPORT and DEN OF THIEVES. Former page-one editor of The Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and SmartMoney.


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Stewart (Den of Thieves) aims to capture the enormity of the World Trade Center attack by retracing one of the lives lost in the disaster: that of Rick Rescorla, head of security for Morgan Stanley. From the late 1980s on, Rescorla tried to warn Port Authority officials that the World Trade Center was an easy target for terrorists. On September 11, after safely evacuating the Morgan Stanley offices in the south tower (he kept people calm by singing into his megaphone), Rescorla went back into the building minutes before it collapsed to search for stragglers. This wasn't his first selfless act of bravery: a Vietnam veteran, Rescorla won a Silver Star and other medals for his role in the Ia Drang valley an important American victory, but one whose devastating losses turned Rescorla against the war. Piecing together the recollections of, among others, Rescorla's widow, Susan, his best friend and fellow soldier, Daniel Hill, to narrate Rescorla's life story, Stewart also weaves in Susan's, and describes the Rescorlas' blissful mid-life relationship, a second marriage for both. Stewart's narrative is fast-paced, fluid and impressively detailed, though not without clichs. It's an absorbing and at times inspiring profile in courage, yet the book has the feel of an extended magazine piece. Agent, Amanda Urban. (Sept. 9) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Heart of a Soldier peels back many layers of human phenomena we struggle to understand: the qualities of leadership, the depths of loyalty, the dilemmas of love.--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The best nonfiction book of 2002.--Time
Engaging and illuminating.--Jonathan Yardley "The Washington Post Book World "
Humming with tension, foreign adventure, and the clash of arms, Heart of a Soldier has all the ingredients of an Indiana Jones movie.--The Baltimore Sun

Skilled storyteller Stewart and precise reader George DiCenzo bring life to this tale of two soldiers, American Dan Hill and British-born Nick Rescorla, whose lives display great courage, intelligence, and loyalty. They met in Africa and fought in the Vietnam War. Although brief, carnage in the latter section is not for the squeamish. The program goes on to recount their marriages, children, divorces, careers, and new romance for Rescorla. Hill converts to Islam and goes under Communist fire in Afghanistan, a suspenseful episode, but his subsequent offer to go after Osama bin Laden is ignored, as was his prediction of suicide planes and New York City terror attacks. Rescorla, about 62, was in charge of security for Morgan Stanley, and his heroism in saving many lives at the World Trade tower on September 11, 2001 is told well, hour by horrifying hour. For action-adventure fans.-Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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