The Rising - Ryan D'Agostino

The Rising

By Ryan D'Agostino

  • Release Date: 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
The Rising book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 10 Ratings)

The Rising Ryan D'Agostino Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The astonishing story of one man’s recovery in the face of traumatic loss—and a powerful meditation on the resilience of the soul
 
On July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit suffered an unimaginable horror: Armed strangers broke into his suburban Connecticut home in the middle of the night, bludgeoned him nearly to death, tortured and killed his wife and two daughters, and set their house on fire. He miraculously survived, and yet living through those horrific hours was only the beginning of his ordeal. Broken and defeated, Bill was forced to confront a question of ultimate consequence: How does a person find the strength to start over and live again after confronting the darkest of nightmares?
 
In The Rising, acclaimed journalist Ryan D’Agostino takes us into Bill Petit’s world, using unprecedented access to Bill and his family and friends to craft a startling, inspiring portrait of human strength and endurance. To understand what produces a man capable of surviving the worst, D’Agostino digs deep into Bill’s all-American upbringing, and in the process tells a remarkable story of not just a man’s life, but of a community’s power to shape that life through its embrace of loyalty and self-sacrifice as its most important values. Following Bill through the hardest days—through the desperate times in the aftermath of the attack and the harrowing trials of the two men responsible for it—The Rising offers hope that we can find a way back to ourselves, even when all seems lost.
 
Today, Bill Petit has remarried. He and his wife have a baby boy. The very existence of this new family defies rational expectation, and yet it confirms our persistent, if often unspoken, belief that we are greater than what befalls us, and that if we know where to look for strength in trying times, we will always find it. Bill’s story, told as never before in The Rising, is by turns compelling and uplifting, an affirmation of the inexhaustible power of the human spirit.

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User reviews about this book

  • Meh

    3
    By Robin S 84
    I was eager to read this. As a little girl (years before this happened) I lived in the neighborhood where this happened. I no longer live in the area, but my link to this area made this incident really stick out to me. My heart broke for Bill Petit. I have followed the case and the foundation since and was so happy when Bill remarried and had a son. However, this book was disappointing. It jumped around a lot, especially at the beginning, and the writing was atrocious. I’m still glad I read it, but it was a bit of a disappointment.
  • A Bit Disappointed

    4
    By Szeducate
    I am a true crime reader and did enjoy reading this book. However, the book was more of a story about Dr. Petit and his overcoming his horrific crime committed against he family. A book that is about a sensational murder should have more about the actual crime. For example, why did the two murders single out that family? What actually happened during the seige of their home? The book touched on but was light on the background of these two defendants. Overall, although I did enjoy reading the book was came away a bit disappointed in the details that were omitted from the book.
  • The Rising

    5
    By bonnyjoyd
    Totally inspiring and well researched....just as I have come to expect from someone with experience meeting the writing standards of Esquire. Dr. Petit's courage in the face of unbelievable tragedy, along with the lessons in support he received from so many people remind that there still is some good in "small town America", despite the evil demonstrated by two brutal animals. An excellent, but difficult, story to read, and, I imagine, to write....but very well done. I recommend it highly.
  • The Rising

    5
    By Roseville girl
    A story I won't soon forget!! Probably the very worst nightmare for a family to go through. Many tears were shed while reading but ending with hope and happiness for a new beginning!!

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