What Is Life Worth?
The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11
By Kenneth Feinberg
(PublicAffairs, Paperback, 9781586484514, 213pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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Over the course of the next three years, Feinberg spent almost all of his time meeting with the families, convincing them of the generosity and compassion of the program, and calculating appropriate awards for each and every claim. The Fund proved to be a dramatic success with over 97% of eligible families participating. It also provided important lessons for Feinberg, who became the filter, the arbitrator, and the target of family suffering. Feinberg learned about the enduring power of family grief, love, fear, faith, frustration, and courage. Most importantly, he learned that no check, no matter how large, could make the families and victims of 9/11 whole again.