The Lives They Saved

The Untold Story of Medics, Mariners and the Incredible Boatlift that Evacuated Nearly 300,000 People on 9/11


Book Description

The Lives They Saved is the story in artifacts and oral histories of the 300,000 New Yorkers who were evacuated from Manhattan on 9/11…by boat. It is a story that has not yet been written about or told. It includes hundreds of oral histories and many photographs of this high drama, set against the terrifying backdrop of the day when the Earth stood still, every airport in the U.S. was closed down, and Manhattan was seized by gridlock.

For perspective, the boatlift that saved Britain’s expeditionary force from the beaches of Dunkirk removed approximately the same number of people: 300,000.

About Keeney, L. Douglas

Douglas Keeney is an historian, researcher, speaker and author of more than a dozen books on American history. After spending sixteen years as an advertising executive at many of the top advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and Young & Rubicam, he launched Douglas Keeney & Company, a publishing and production firm that includes content creation for cable television networks and book packaging. In 1992, Keeney cofounded The Military, now Discovery Communications, and hosted the series “On Target.”

He is probably best-known for unearthing the official U.S. manual on how the government would function after a devastating nuclear attack – the basis for his book by the same name, The Doomsday Scenario, excerpted by the New York Times. This was followed by the first exhaustive history of the air war against Nazi Germany in the bestseller, The Pointblank Directive (Osprey/London). The Eleventh Hour (Wiley) was another bestseller and was widely reviewed as ground breaking and comprises unseen diaries and logs chronicling Franklin D. Roosevelt's trip to the 1943 Tehran Conference. He is also the editor of the Lost Histories of World War II book series. He has appeared on Fox, The Discovery Channel, CBS, PBS, and The Learning Channel.

Keeney earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Southern California. During his years in marketing he won numerous awards for new product development. A pilot and scuba diver, he lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, the journalist Jill Johnson Keeney.