Today, fear affects even the strongest of us. Sometimes it's immediate, caused
by a sense of imminent danger-the kind we felt after terrorists destroyed
the magnificent World Trade Center, tore a giant wound in the Pentagon and killed
thousands of people. But sometimes fear becomes a normal way of life.
In his best-selling memoir October Sky (aka Rocket Boys), Hickam
introduced us to the rugged town of his youth, Coalwood, West Virginia, and
the people who took on the hazardous and often brutal enterprise of coal mining.
To survive and prosper, these people relied on an approach to living that would
get them through hard times with an almost unnatural resilience. Over a lifetime, they learned to take on these
attitudes are summed up in the Coalwood Assumption:
Through poignant memories of his youth, best selling author Homer Hickam helps lead you beyond fear to find the courage and strength to live more happily and look toward to future with optimism.