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Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The Miraculous Gift of a Second Chance

Am I dead?

But I was in too much pain to be dead, right? I put my left hand right up to my face, but I couldn’t see even a hint of it. As I lay on my right side, my right arm and leg were pinned underneath me. A huge slab of concrete pressed against my head. Mustering all my strength, I pushed against it. Nothing. With my le
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ebook, 240 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Howard Books (first published July 27th 2011)
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Clare Cannon
Apr 25, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults & Adults

A very impressive account of the last survivor of 9/11 to be pulled from the rubble beneath the twin towers. Genelle tells what she and her colleagues did after the attack, and how they managed to fill the 70 or so minutes between impact and the collapse of the buildings.

But more specifically this is the story of the conversion she underwent in the 27 hours she lay beneath the rubble, and we feel the potency of the questions she asked herself, wondering what we might do in her situation. And we
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Jill
This book is not written by Tolstoy or Dickens, and it is not destined to become a classic. It is, however a touching and an interesting book, a story of hope amid hopelessness, faith amid evil, and a miracle amid a tragedy.

Genelle Guzman had just arrived at her job as a secretary for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in One World Trade Center (the North Tower) when American Airlines flight #11 crashed into the building between the 93rd and 99th floors. Genelle’s office was on the 67
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AvidReader47
As I was watching the 9/11 ten year tributes, I saw an interview with Genelle Guzman, who was the last of the survivors to be pulled from the World Trade Center rubble. Her story touched my heart and I knew I had to read "Angel in the Rubble." September 11, 2001 starts as a typical day for Genelle. She woke up and went to work as a temp at the Port Authority office in the North Tower. After the horrific events occurred just short of 9:00 that morning, the employees of the Port Authority were tol ...more
Terra
This book had so much potential, but it fell short of my expectations. The story would have been better if there had been a time line of what was happening in the big picture while Genelle and her coworkers debated what to do. Some of the problem, too, is that it felt like William Croyle penned HIS words rather than bringing out Genelle Guzman-McMillan's thoughts and experiences. When a person faces death, it certainly is a life-changing experience. The thing to remember is that we all face it. ...more
Melissa J.
The story of Genelle Guzman-McMillan's September 11, 2001 experience started out riveting. In telling her story, she really conveyed some of the emotions and disbelief that everyone on her floor in the tower were feeling that day.

For me, the second half of her story (following her rescue) came of to me as too "preachy" and even a little judgemental. I don't doubt that this experience brought her closer to God, but I think that the book could have ended long before it did and maybe her message w
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Deanne
This is a difficult novel to critique. The subject matter is particularly poignant and the personal account of a 9/11 survivor is riveting however there is a particular focus on the soul searching and making sense of what happened to Genelle who was the last survivor of this catistrophic part of world history.
This is a genuine attempt to capture the life changing experience of this last survivor but perhaps if more attention had been given to the actual event this would have helped to create a m
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Kristen
This book was very special. It was genuine, heartwrenching and lifechanging. I can't really praise it enough. I was so touched by Genelle's story of tragedy and triumph and her retelling of the miraculous events that saved her from being crushed by the World Trade Center collapse has changed me. I am a better person for having read this book.
Apzmarshl
An account of the last survivor pulled from the rubble of 911.
Genelle immediately gets right to the point without a lot of back story, which was nice. Because she was inside of the building, she's not able to tell the story the way the rest of us remember it. She never saw the planes hit the buildings and never knew until nearly too late, what kind of danger she was in.
It is mind blowing that after a building that large fell on her, anyone was able to find her.
Genelle's main point of the book i
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Jodi
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Dianne
PLEASE ANYONE WHO WAS TOUCHED BY THE 9/11 OR ANY OTHER TRAGIC EVENT THIS IS A MUST READ AND THEN PICK IT UP AND READ IT AGAIN...AND THEN A COUPLE DAYS LATER PICK IT UP AND READ IT AGAIN AND THEN WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY OR WEEK OR MONTH OR EVEN IF YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT DAY PICK THIS BOOK UP AGAIN AND READ IT....TAKE IT TO BED WITH YOU AND WHEN YOU WAKE-UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO GO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU FALL ASLEEP AGAIN READ IT! IF YOU NEVER EVER PICK- UP A BOOK AGAIN IN YOUR WHOL ...more
M
Hearing about all of the disasters going on in the world and hearing the survivors stories makes you wonder what you would do in that sort of a situation. And you come up with a calm clear plan of action. But the truth is, thinking about a life threatening situation hypothetically in the comfort of your own home is so much different then actually living it. Because after the fact you have all of the information. But during the event there is so much confusion that normally you don't have to full ...more
Sandra Stiles
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 ...more
Cassidy
230 pages
Nonfiction
by Genelle Guzman-McMillan

On September 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman went to work on the 64th floor of the North Tower. Just like any other day. But about an hour after she arrives in her cubical, she hears a shattering noise and the building begins to sway. After a few seconds of swaying, she looks out the window yet sees nothing but lots of paper and smoke. Two hours after this happens, smoke starts pouring into the room and they are finally told to evacuate. Genelle and her co-w
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Zoe Cransberg
Angel in the Rubble was an autobiography about a survivor of the collapse of the twin towers. This thrilling story shows Genelle's journey to recovery and what helped her get through her many hours stuck under the rubble. The collapse of the towers and being stuck for so long changed Genelle's life forever. Many of her friends were killed by the collapse but Genelle was just ahppy to be alive. I liked the amount of detail when the towers were collapsing, the moments before. You can paint a pictu ...more
Kirsti
The beginning and middle of this book are good, making you once again feel the horror of September 11 and told through the eyes of one of the survivors. Genelle was the last person to be pulled alive from the rubble, and this is her story. I did not mind the Christian aspect; it wasn't overwhelming until the last part of the book where Genelle urges you to be happy and make changes etc. There are sad moments, especially when her family think she died, and when she talks about Susan and Roza. I'v ...more
Anita
This is a true account of the last survivor pulled from the rubble of the Twin Towers, a day after they collapsed on September 11. This isn't a horrific insider telling of what went on inside the building after the plane hit; rather, it's a story of courage, faith and deliverance.
Tracett
Angel in the Rubble is a fascinating and horrifying first person account of being trapped in the collapsed North Tower. While we were watching events play out live on TV, by this authors account, there was a terrible amount of dithering going on in the Tower buildings as employees had little idea of what was happening, and therefore little idea of how to react. Guzman-McMillan's descriptions of her co-workers and their final trip down the stairwell is particularly poignant. I knew going into thi ...more
Lydia
Good read of the last person to be pulled from the twin tower rubble alive. She details her story on that morning with her colleagues. She also talks about finding peace/hope from the trials she endured.
D
My son read this and then recommended it to me. He isn't a huge reader, but when he really likes a book, it is usually one I like as well. This is the harrowing, yet inspirational story of Genelle Guzman-McMillan who was the last 9/11 survivor found buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center. How she survived being buried alive for 27 hours and was eventually found and rescued is truly miraculous. Interesting and inspirational reading.
Kathy
Very interesting read about the last person saved alive from the 9-11 attack on the twin towers
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Riveting. That's really the only word you can use to describe this book. I figured that I would only read the first portion of it and once the towers fell, stop reading it, but I could not put this book down. Her writing style is so easy to read and the story just flows along the pages. You can't stop turning the pages to find out what happened next. Her no-holds-bar account of this terrible day really puts it in a light that helps you, at least it did me, wrap your head around the situation and ...more
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heart breaking yet inspiring story
Pamela
It was pretty incredible to read someone's first-hand, harrowing experience from the tragic day of 9/11. It's great to know how it changed the author's life in a positive way and it definitely has a message of hope. It did get a little "preachy" a few times and felt like she was deviating from the rest of the story, but I understand that she was just conveying the manner in which that fateful day altered her outlook forever and put her on a better spiritual path.
Tina
This is the story of the last survivor pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the attacks on 9/11. She discusses her feelings during her ordeal and fills in with backstory so the reader understands why she feels the way she does. I liked the story, but wonder if the religious revelations people like Genelle experience during times of intense stress and fear actually continue throughout the rest of life once the ordeal is over.
Rori
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Mary
Very good book. Read in in a week.
This is a true story of a woman buried in the rubble after Tower 1 of the Twin Towers. Almost given up hope of being rescued, someone is there with her, but above her where she can not move to see. None of the actual rescuers ever saw the man, Paul, as the person with her.
Good read.
I highly recommend this book.
Cathy
What an amazing story! I LOVE reading true stories with happy endings, and changed lives. This book also made me smile because the author was from Trinidad, a place that our family recently visited together, so there were some fond reminders of a beautiful island…I could just hear the lyrical voices of locals when I read about the survivor’s heritage!

Lily
This was practically a near death experience--minus the dying part. The last survivor pulled from the rubble of 9/11, Genelle emerges from her experience a changed woman. Her book reads like a love letter to God, and it was beautiful to see that good can come out of unspeakably horrific experiences.
Julie
Genelle was the last person pulled alive from the twin towers. This of her story of what it was like from inside a tower on September 11. Her calm approach makes this book a rivetting read. I have to confess that I skimmed through the more spiritual aspects of her story.
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