The captivating saga of the September 11th boat lift, when, ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels spontaneously converged to rescue nearly 500,000 stranded people from Manhattan
Nearly a decade after I embarked on this project, my latest book is ALIVE! I just received a box full of copies of DUST TO DELIVERANCE: Untold Stories from the Maritime Evacuation on September 11 in the mail, and you can, too. Official release date is August 4th, but I hear Amazon will have their copies in stock on 7/21.
Please preorder your copy today. You won’t be sorry.
One reader, who has already gotten her copy on Kindle, had this to say:
“It is a page turner! I lived downtown in the East Village on 9/11, but I never knew anything about the mariners’ role in the rescue, or that so many people were rescued by boat. This is a must-read.”
When terrorists took down the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, frightened people crowded along the shores of Lower Manhattan. With the dust and fires spreading, no one knew if more attacks were coming. Chaos reigned.
DUST TO DELIVERANCE is the gripping story of how the New York harbor maritime community converged spontaneously to deliver stranded commuters, residents, and visitors out of harm’s way.
Even before the Coast Guard called for “all available boats,” ferries, charter yachts, dinner boats, tugs, and other vessels had raced across New York harbor to pick up passengers. In less than nine hours, they rescued nearly half a million people from Lower Manhattan, making this the largest waterborne evacuation in history.
Rooted in eyewitness accounts and written by a mariner who served at Ground Zero, Dust to Deliverance interweaves the personal stories of people saved that day with those who saved them, while revealing the inner workings of New York harbor and its close-knit community. This groundbreaking, minute-by-minute chronicle provides an unprecedented look at one of the most significant moments in American history. This human saga of compassion, triumph, and resilience reveals how tragedy creates new, often unlikely, alliances, even as it strengthens existing bonds. The book brings to light the resourcefulness and resounding human goodness that rise up in response to darkness, calamity, and turmoil.
This has been a mighty long road, and I am so grateful for your support. Thank you.