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Bagpipe Brothers: The FDNY Band's True Story of Tragedy, Mourning, and Recovery Paperback – May 26, 2004


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books (May 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813538610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813538617
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Journalist Kerry Sheridan recounts with startling immediacy the events following the 9/11 terrorist attacks as they affected the Fire Department of New York's pipe and drum band. [Her] terse phrasing reflects her profession, and her own Irish background betrays a deep affection for the plight of those she is privileged to interview. The raw emotions and suspense fully involve the reader in this harrowing tale. Recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal"

About the Author

Kerry Sheridan is an editor on the Middle East desk of Agence France Presse in Cyprus. She has worked as a freelance correspondent in Cairo, Egypt, and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Irish American newspapers in New York and California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bagpipe Brothers: The FDNY Band's True Story Of Tragedy, Mourning, And Recovery is the true story New York City's Emerald Society Bagpipe Band, who used their instruments to mourn in the and show their respect at the funerals for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, including the 343 firefighters who died and those who were unearthed from the rubble at ground zero. The band itself lost one of its own from the attacks, as well as the brother of a member; Bagpipe Brothers recounts in vivid detail the emotions, experiences, terrible grief and striving to help any way one can in the wake of tragedy. A profound and powerful tribute to both the lost and the survivors struggling to cope.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Hayes on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a fiftyish Irish American who has peered so deeply at the realities of 9/11 through the audiotapes of Smith's "Report from Ground Zero", Halberstam's "Firehouse", countless documentaries and the NYTimes profile of the victims, I was unprepared for the up close and personal journey that author Kerry Sheridan swept me into as I read this this poignant, insightful, revealing and eventually hopeful book of men and women's reaction to their own tragedies and their willingness to give of themselves to help others deal with unbearable grief.
The author brilliantly brings into focus the realities of everyday people faced by all the dimensions of tragedy and heroism as they go about their chosen duties for family, friends and strangers. Be prepared to chuckle at her capturing the language of firefighter's lives as they accept and judge one another so rawly from (+) "buff" to (-)"peacock".
This young author has touched my soul and deepened my appreciation for all those heroically enmeshed in such a nerve shattering event followed by a year of tragedy,fear,jealousy, incredible stamina, energy and heroism. Reading his book enables us to grasp realities of the complexities of heroism and tragedy of personal loss. Recommend this book thoroughly - you'll not soon forget the emotions that reading it will touch in you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curt D. Ericson on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
From the first page, I was hooked. I felt like I was living that day all over again. This time, I wasn't sitting in my home in Seattle in shock and horror, I was in New York with an emotional connection to the families mentioned in the book and those not mentioned. I have a new found respect for all fire fighters. I already have a great deal of respect for those who put there lives on the line for any job but now it's impossible to put into words the level of respect I have for them.

This book WILL take you on an amazing emotional journey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a drummer in a fire band, the story of Bronko broke my heart. These men had to re-live the deaths of their friends over and over. It is a true testemony of their spirit and dedication to pay honor to our fallen. We will never forget!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas L. Smith on January 4, 2008
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Ms. Sheridan really brought this book into my heart. She knew exactly how to make me feel for these brave men and after I was done reading I really wanted to know more because I truly felt connected with them. Excellent book and I do recommend anyone wanting to read a book about the FDNY to read this book first!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kunsthandler on June 26, 2006
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This is a truly heart-wrenching story of the pipers and drummers pf the FDNY pipe band. Written in a strong journalistic style, the suthor really conveys the strength of these men and their close relationships.

While she gets a few details of uniform (shawls for piper's plaids) and piping (puffing on their pipes) wrong, she's really captured the feelings of these men who face danger and death on a daily basis.
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