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Brotherhood [Hardcover]

Frank McCourt , Rudy Giuliani , Thomas Von Essen
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March 28 2002
"...collection of evocatively understated photographs showing all 70 of the city's affected firehouses...The pictures by 50 noted photographers show the firehouses in all attitudes of mourning and recovery, crowded with donated flowers, candles, homemade signs, and children's drawings... These displays are evidence of a popular rediscovery of firefighters, writes McCourt in his pitch-perfect foreword to the book. All of September 11's FDNY dead are listed delicately across the bottom of the pages of portraits of the lost men's firehouse beds, wall-posters, empty lockers, boots, and heat-darkened helmets, as well as their squad mates struggling on."--Library Journal.

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There could not be a greater contrast than between the cold engineering that leveled the twin towers and the response of the 343 New York firefighters who rushed in to their deaths. Those men are honored in this collection of evocatively understated photographs showing all 70 of the city's affected firehouses, from Red Hook's company of "Happy Hookers" to Harlem's "Fire Factory." The pictures by 50 noted photographers show the firehouses in all attitudes of mourning and recovery, crowded with donated flowers, candles, homemade signs, and children's drawings (some from as far as Mississippi) that have helped buoy up the survivors in the months since the attack. These displays are evidence of a popular rediscovery of firefighters, writes McCourt in his pitch-perfect foreword to the book. All of September 11's FDNY dead are listed delicately across the bottom of the pages of portraits of the lost men's firehouse beds, wall-posters, empty lockers, boots, and heat-darkened helmets, as well as their squad mates struggling on. The iconic buildings in which these rescuers died were themselves memorialized in last fall's The World Trade Center Remembered, a thinking-person's remembrance with an elegant text by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. In that work, the towers lord over the island with their old swagger; the blue-sky backgrounds are not yet ominous, the buildings' steel skins not yet gashed and smoking. Taken together, these two books express a reflective stillness before and after catastrophic horror. They are the class of the many publishing tributes and will serve any reader looking for memorial literature that doesn't patronize or wear a blood shirt. [Proceeds from Brotherhood go to the New York Firefighters 911 Relief Fund. Ed.] Nathan Ward, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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On 9-11, the most indispensable people at ground zero were New York's firefighters, as pretty much everyone has acknowledged. The headquarters building of American Express was across the street from the World Trade Center, and 11 employees died in the towers. With this book, the company honors the firefighters who died trying to save those 11 and the others. Near the bottom of its pages, beginning on the front endpapers, the names of the lost run in a single line that continues to the back endpapers. The entire roster appears three times, over as well as under brilliant color photographs of the stations that lost those men, their remaining comrades, the ad hoc shrines a grateful citizenry assembled to honor the fallen, and the appreciative artwork and letters that children sent to the stations. In terms of effect, the pictures beggar the brief accompanying remarks of Mayor Giuliani, Fire Commissioner Von Essen, and eulogist Frank McCourt, and they ensure the big book's place in the forefront of 9-11 commemoratives. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherhood April 13 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is a powerfully moving book. Pay attention to the names along the bottom, for they are the fallen. This book, with few words does not need them to get the message out. A picture is worth a thousand words, and some of the pictures are very moving indeed. You see the stations, of the fallen, and see the moving tributes, and the US Flags at half staff. You see what is like at the stations, on the inside of the house, and the emptyness that was left behind. You see the living, and the pain with in their eyes, and much sadness. Then there is the Fallen themselves, and you are able to see all of the FDNY who where killed on that fateful day. Then there is the Grief, and on how they delt with it in the days afterward, and moving tributes from children. On the back, is the Firemans Prayer.
This is not a happy book, but a solemn tribute to those who died. It is a reverent, and loving tribute, and may bring tears to your eyes, but it is well worth it, so we can remeber them though the Brotherhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A precisely titled tribute! April 4 2002
By jmk444
Format:Hardcover
Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" was a tremendous inside look at a childhood filled with tragedy and its overcoming, in this book he chronicles the greatest single tragedy in the FDNY's history - 343 firemen killed in the line-of-duty during the attacks on New York's World Trade Centers.
The prose is poetic and the pictures are poignant. It is a well crafted tribute to all those who made sacrifices on that day and during the grim days directly after 9/11/01.
I've been a NYC firefighter for over sixteen years (I work in the South Bronx) and the Fire Department is indeed and hopefully always will be a BROTHERHOOD. Firemen routinely refer to each other as "Brothers," as in "brother firemen." If that offends some people that offense is misplaced. There are currently less than thirty active female firefighters in the 10,000 member FDNY. There were no women who responded to the World Trade Centers on the eleventh. That's why there were no female firefighters among the 343 killed...and thank God.
The Fire Service is not a job conducive to the vast majority of women. The job is not just filthy, brutal and dangerous, but given the wide gap in upper body strength between men and women, only a handful of women are up to the rigors of the job. Those women who do get into the FDNY must be prepared to join the "Brotherhood."
Still, the point is that the title here is entirely appropriate, especially in light of those who made the supreme sacrifice that day. This is an excellent book and one well worth reading, especially for those who didn't get a first-hand look at Ground Zero.
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Format:Hardcover
On October 19, 2001, my wife and I walked more than 50 blocks from downtown to mid-town Manhattan, stopping at each fire station along the way.
Every stop had its own story to tell, without the need for eloquent prose or a "tour guide" leading the way, stating the obvious.
Images of lost firefighters and burning candles were out front, with hand-scrawled tributes plastered on every available space, written by heart-broken individuals from throughout the country, and NOT just from New York.
Of all books attempting to capture the flavor of a well-done tribute to ANY cause or group of individuals (in this case, the Fire Department of New York, now world-renown as FDNY), "Brotherhood" succeeds wonderfully in a way that SHOULD seem obvious to most, but apparently not, especially when compared to countless other "rush to market" though "well-intentioned" tributes of similar bent.
"Brotherhood" follows a perfect, "by-the-dots" formula that all pure "tributes" should follow, at least in terms of composition and design. And that is, use minimal text and heart-wrenching images that speak a thousand words.
Too often, creative teams associated with such efforts go overboard by stating the obvious, manipulating viewer or reader emotions unnecessarily with narration, captions or adjective-filled text to articulate the intangible. The result is a product, however well-intentioned, that is undercut by an over-zealousness to stamp into words, a generic and universal feeling when none are required.
The cumulative effect of image after image -- of empty fire stations, burning candles, faces of those lost, notes written by children, flowers of every hue, empty boots marked by their owners -- is ultimately equal parts devastating and uplifting, without a trace of maudlin excess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left me speechless Dec 27 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book was an amazing coffee table book that for some reason I was drawn to. I meandered through bookstores looking for a book that would capture all the emotions I felt on Sept 11. In the end, I was always drawn back to this book but did not purchase it at first because I could not read through it without becoming overwhelmed with emotions. If a picture tells a thousand words then this book will leave you speechless.
I have purchased just three books on Sept 11, 2001 and this, by far is the most moving tribute to the brave men who gave their lives in the hopes of saving others. The names scrolled along the bottom of the pages create a constant reminder of the heros who stared death in the face and forged ahead. The pictures are tasteful and center on the brotherhood that was so mortally wounded on that fateful day, rather than on the actual photo's of the event. The only thing I would have liked to have seen was descriptions of where the pictured firehouses are located. All in all, one of the finest tributes to a so easily forgotten about (until you need them) group of people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Heroes
As you are reading though the tribute to the fallen, you see thenamesof each of the lost Firefighters scrolled across the bottom of the pages. Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by Annie Kamp
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Firefighter Widow...
I was moved to tears reading this, not only having witnessed the 9-11 atrocities firsthand but as a widow I know the pain suffered by the widows of those brave firemen that... Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by R. Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars On the One Year Anniversary. . . .
I believe that "brotherhood" is the most beautiful word in the English language, and this book helps commemorate the brotherhood felt by the men who help protect us. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2002 by Andrew Parodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Up lifting and moving.
I was very moved by this book on the events of 9-11. It has wonderful illustrations and deserves a place on your book shelf
Published on June 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherhood
Brotherhood is a moving pictorial of the FDNY. The pictures are moving and haunting at the same time. I would highly recomend this book.
Published on June 18 2002 by Barbara Csogi
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells of the strong bond between firemenq
Firemen have a special fraternity and this becomes very clear in this book. They have brotherly feelings towards eachother and build up a sense of camraderie that is seldom seen in... Read more
Published on June 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells of the strong bond between firemenq
Firemen have a special fraternity and this becomes very clear in this book. They have brotherly feelings towards eachother and build up a sense of camraderie that is seldom seen in... Read more
Published on June 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
It is really hard to think of words that describe Brotherhood. It is thought provoking, emotional, sometimes a little voyeuristic. Read more
Published on May 10 2002 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and fitting tribute
This large and attractive book is a highly moving, pictorial tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. Read more
Published on May 7 2002 by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from one who experienced the aftermath
As an Urban Search and Rescue team member who worked at ground Zero, I found this book refreshing and insightful. There are few pictures of Ground Zero, which I thought was good. Read more
Published on May 5 2002
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