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9/11 Families Laud the First Book to Chronicle the Behind the Scenes Story of the Building of the 9/11 Memorial

Together with 9/11 families, Edie Lutnick, Executive Director  of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, yesterday celebrated the launch of her book, “An Unbroken Bond: The Story Of How The 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced The Tragedy Of 9/11 And Beyond.”

“An Unbroken Bond” exposes the obstacles the 9/11 families faced in dealing with politicians and bureaucrats as they struggled to rebuild their lives and ensure that a fitting memorial for the 9/11 victims was built at Ground Zero—a place where all Americans could honor the victims
and connect to the 9/11 story.

“This is the 9/11 story the public does not know and deserves to know,” said Ms. Lutnick, whose brother Howard is Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald. Howard’s and Edie’s brother Gary perished in the 9/11 attacks.

Ms. Lutnick brings readers inside closed door meetings with elected and redevelopment officials like Mayor Bloomberg, leaders of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, LMDC bureaucrats, memorial designers including Michael Arad among others. Following is a sampling of some of
the behind the scenes commentary:

“I think the one thing that you have to remember is that you are not dignifying and respecting the lives that we have lost if you run roughshod over the people that they loved most in the world… And that includes a bus depot below one of the Towers. (Pg 172)

“Before Michael Bloomberg took control of the WTC Memorial Foundation, the Executive Committee of this same board agreed to list the names the way the families wanted. Once he was in charge agreement was nullified.” (Pg 238)

Ms. Lutnick read an excerpt to nearly 250 guests and Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., introduced her, along with Clarence B. Jones, Co-author of “Behind The Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.”

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