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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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"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 a health and science journalist with Agence France-Presse in Miami. She previously worked as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East for AFP and VOA, and has written for National Geographic, the Washington Post, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle and Irish American newspapers in New York and California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books; New edition edition (May 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813538610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813538617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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As a member of the fire service community, I have read several books describing the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers, and the resulting death of 343 FDNY firefighters and thousands of civilians. This book, "Bagpipe Brothers",is certainly one of the most poignant as the author describes what the FDNY bagpipe band members went through during that fateful day,and the year following this immense tragedy. For the members of this great organization, they were doing one of three things : playing at funerals for their fallen brothers, digging in "the pile", or performing their regular tours in the city's firehouses. I find this book to be a " must read " for any member or freind of the fire service.
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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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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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By fenagh on December 10, 2004
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This book is very powerful. I picked this book up and thought it would be an interesting read then I could not believe how moved I would become. It is well written and allows the reader to get close to the men and their families. The readers anxiety grows as the date of September 11 approaches. I had to put the book aside a few times and remind myself of the gratitude I feel toward the brave men who gave their lives to save others and inspiration from those who survived and went back to look for family members, friends and complete strangers in order for those who were murdered to be laid to rest properly. The unity and brotherhood of the elite group of bagpipe players is inspirational. Thank you to the author for allowing readers to gain a new perspective of the days following September 11 and what the FDNY suffered. I felt as though I knew these men personally.
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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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