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Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001 Hardcover – August 26, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Studio; First Edition edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670031712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670031719
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-One of the better photographic remembrances of the World Trade Center disaster. None of these color photos have heretofore been published and many depict scenes or were taken from positions that were off-limits to commercial or amateur photographers. Particularly breathtaking are those taken by Dave Fitzpatrick, an off-duty detective who rushed to board a police helicopter that morning and spent the remainder of the day taking thousands of photographs "that became the only aerial views of the devastation and early rescue efforts." The photos are chronologically arranged, beginning minutes after the first plane hit the North Tower, continuing through the succeeding days of search-and-rescue operations, and culminating with the cleanup. Many are full page and there are at least a dozen spreads. As a "photographic record," this coffee-table-sized book documents a historic event, confirming, for example, why no rooftop rescues were possible and the extent of the damage to the entire area now known as Ground Zero. It also stands as a tribute to the public-safety employees, construction workers, and volunteers who worked side by side throughout a horrific ordeal. The book is dedicated to the 23 members of the NYPD who were lost that day and to their families.
Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The pictures are absolutely moving and of superior technical quality.
Susan D. Kelly
For those of us who experienced this day either close up or from afar, this book captures the horror, the power and the humanity of the response perfectly.
Nana Sue
This is a must-have book for people who are interested in pictures from 9/11/2001.
Kristi Branstetter

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan D. Kelly on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely breathtaking and even though the events have been well-recorded and replayed ad nauseum, you will gain a new, harrowing, touching, moving perspective on the events at Ground Zero over the past year.
The book contains previously unpublished photographs taken by members of the New York City Police Department during the attacks on the twin towers and during the excavation of Ground Zero. Many photographs in the beginning of the book were taken from the air in NYPD helicopters assigned to circle over the city from the air in search of additional rogue airplanes, providing images from angles yet etched into memory. Imagine viewing the smoke and fire billowing from the towers against a clear, cerulean blue, cloudless sky.
Words do not do this book justice. The pictures are absolutely moving and of superior technical quality. Captions are succinct yet factual so even those not familiar with the city can get their bearings by well-known landmarks. I plan to add this book to my collection of journalistic records of life as a baby-boomer to be passed down throughout the generations as a transcript of the various historical events that have changed and continue to change the world in which we live.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Bell on February 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you live or used to live somewhere in the New York area, you might have a grim desire for a book that shows exactly how the WTC attacks affected specific shops, buildings, blocks, etc. that you knew and loved, not just how terrible the effects were in general.
The NYPD book shows how the attacks affected the little sailboats in the marinas near the WTC, what the attacks did to the daycare center, what the "bad side" of the Winter Garden looked like, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By samofborg on January 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The photos are the best on the area. The one that scared me was the one where Dave takes a picture of himself in the glass and then a few seconds later a beam falls where he was just standing. The photos of the jet pieces all over the ground and the thick dust that was everywhere makes it all real and all the more haunting and terrible. But we must have these in front of us, because what happens, we forget. Let's not forget. Those people don't deserve that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many of the photos in this book were taken from police helicopters; the rest were obtained on-scene during and shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. Photos of the moment the second airplane hit, airplane parts on the ground, thousands walking home across bridges that day, rescue medical personnel ready to attend to the last rescued person from the wreckage, the WTC day-care center, nearby office building interiors and exteriors, etc. all bring 9/11 back to life.

"Above Hallowed Ground" also shows crews at the Fresh Kills Island landfill searching through the debris for body parts and personal memorabilia, search dogs, memorial services, volunteers, and the evening light memorial simulating the collapsed WTC towers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
We all remember that day in September, here are a lot of photographs showing what it was like. I found it to be a lot of aerial photos of the smoking towers, the ruins from ground level (and of the people working on the wreckage) but little or nothing of scenes from deep inside the pile. I've read that a lot of photos were taken during surveys, I wanted to see just a few of them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Kalm on June 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The title explains quite obviously the content of this book. Not just above NY, but below it and within it also...the photos are unmatched for the historical record because of the access that the NYPD photographers had.

For comparison, take a look at Robert Cameron's "Above New York"--then you have a before-, during-,and-after experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Branstetter on December 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a must-have book for people who are interested in pictures from 9/11/2001. The images are none like you have ever seen before. The NYPD took the pictures appearing in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne L. Hill on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent collection of finely done photographs documenting a day I hate to remember but must. Looking at the photos in this book is kind of like studying the dagger that seriously injured you under a microscope - the perspective is unique, and unequaled in detail and quality. These photos not only document the death of two beloved landmarks, but they convey the totality of the horror, as it encroached on the NYC environment of which they were the pinnacle - Lower Manhattan.

An added incentive is that buying the book certainly must help the NYPD and other heroes of that day, God bless and keep them all!
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