(What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11) [PDF READ] ´ Kenneth R. Feinberg
Ane gesture from the American people to an extraordinary eventFeinberg is guided by advice from his mentor Ted Kennedy and chooses to use his discretion to shrink the gap between rich and poor Although lawsuits would calculate a person s lifetime earnings Feinberg can t do those sorts of calculations for 3000 affected families In fact at the end he advises that future funds set a fixed amount for particular injuries and not have the compensation offset by insurance or other outside income He also doesn t believe that funds like these should be a regular occurrence why should a firefighter who dies on 911 get compensation that a colleague who dies on another day would notThe average compensation to victim s families was about 2000000 whether they were stockbrokers or stock boys American or foreign With great compassion Feinberg ultimately answers his uestion for each family affected the life of their loved one was worth the same as that of any other family s loved one Very interesting read Thought provoking Very insightful Good read for the information it provides I heard his speech at the Commonwealth Club and was fascinated to know about his experience as
The Special Master OfSpecial Master of 9 11 compensation fund Feinberg is a very smart guy but ou can also sense how enormous his ego is His cut and dry approach to the task of fairly distributing award to 9 11 victims and their relatives turned off many He admits he was a handy target for many people s varied frustrations and also how this experience altered his life Previously he had worked on Agent Orange and had been a litigator His work as a mediator was much difficult and reuired different skills be finely tunedThe final chapters include his evaluation of the idea of such a fund and how he would only recommend that in future if *such a fund were set up which he wouldn t encourage that there be a set amount given not *a fund were set up which he wouldn t encourage that there be a set amount given not to all the variables this fund was There are charts and data included in the back of the book that are fascinating for those who want a further number understanding of the fund s distributions I don t think this book would have appeal unless ou have done other reading about the fund and people s personal experiences It is about his work as the Special Master and the challenges he faced to do his best given his parametersFew people have this type of life experience of this magnitude and therefore it is a uniue look at a difficult task and one man s attempt to be fair against great odd. 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 911 whole aga.