The Value of a Life is the story of the shattered American dream -- those who died on the horrific day that was 9/11 and the federal program that tried to compensate their families for their loss. On September 11, 3,056 lives turned into ash. The outpouring of grief and generosity was immediate. Congress responded with the Victims Compensation Fund—a controversial program that some believe was a benefit and others believe was misguided failure, betraying equal justice for all. Which was it?

Through the program, $7 billion was distributed to over 7,000 families. Who are these people? The Value of a Life takes us from the mountains of Peru, to the offices of Wall Street, to the borders of Korea to show us who the victims are and how the program compensated them.

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