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Braving the Waves: Rockaway Rises -- And Rises Again Hardcover – November 2, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0933670075 ISBN-10: 0933670079

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Star Press (November 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933670079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933670075
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the lessons so compelling in ("It's a Wonderful Life") still thrive in a real place called Rockaway." -- Mike Barnicle, NY Daily News

Kevin Boyle seeks the meaning of the events on and after September 11th in these moving, personal accounts. -- E.J. Dionne, syndicated columnist, author of Why Americans Hate Politics

May the strength and faith of these heroes of Rockaway help us all rise up! -- Tim Russert, NBC's Meet the Press

Rockaway is home to heroes. After reading the book, it's easy to understand why. -- Brian Williams, NBC News

About the Author

From a sea wall in Rockaway, Kevin Boyle watched as the twin Towers burned and then crumbled. He was close enough to the crash of Flight 587 that his eyes dried from the heat of the hellish fire.

Boyle has spent his life in Brooklyn and Rockaway. He was editor of Rockaway’s only newspaper, The Wave, for five years and continues his relationship with the paper as a regular columnist. Boyle has been published in The Washington Post, New York Newsday, and the New York Post. He has a master’s degree in radio and television from Brooklyn College. Before becoming editor of The Wave, he operated a sports bar in Brooklyn called The Brooklyn Dodger.


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Kevin Boyle captures Rockaway's darkest moments and shows how a community bonds together and rebuilds.
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This incredible story doesn't need purple writing, and Boyle's spare style serves it well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Rockaway Beach is the unofficial capital of firefighting New York. Generations of NYC firefighters have made their homes here in this sliver of a neighborhood by the beach in the shadows of the city's skyline.
Kevin Boyle captures the humor, courage and resilience of this place in what is surely one of the best books to come out of 9/11. In fact, it's inaccurate to call this a "9/11 book" at all because it's more about the powerful personal stories of ordinary people-- not just firemen-- who found themselves doing extraodinary things in the face of two unimaginable catastrophes. In this way, it calls to mind "The Perfect Storm" as it weaves the poignant-- and sometimes hilarious-- details of the lives of people you get to know and like in the shadow of an impending disaster. Here though the coming disaster was double barrelled: September 11 and the crash of Flight 587 in the heart of the neighborhood two months later.
Boyle knows these people and it shows in the remarkably true to life writing. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George Johnson on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Kevin Boyle's book, Braving the Waves, and in my opinion it's fantastic! I lived through these tragedies and didn't think I wanted to read about them again but once I picked up his book, I couldn't put it down.
Boyle gets inside the heads of the people he writes about. The firemen I know and respect won't open up or talk at all to reporters but they talk to Kevin because he's one of them, one of us. It choked me up half a dozen times.
This book is a must read for everyone, the people from Rockaway who lived through the tragedies and outsiders who want a real insider's view. People who weren't there will feel like they were standing in the concrete dust of the WTC and smelling the burning jet fuel of Flight 587 after reading it.
-George Johnson
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Why don't we know more about this amazing story? A jet plane crashes in the middle of a neighborhood that has just lost dozens of people on 9/11, where firmen who survived 9/11 wind up fighting to save their own houses just 2 months later. WHy isn't this story better known?
It will be now if there is any justice. Kevin Boyle has written a book that brings this story to life without melodrama or false sentiment. This incredible story doesn't need purple writing, and Boyle's spare style serves it well.
A damn good story that deserves to be better known.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schwach on November 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have a shelf full of books about September 11, and I always thought that Denis Smith's "Report From Ground Zero," was the best of the lot, but now that I have read Boyle's book, I have changed my mind. If there is one book that I will save for my grandchildren so that they can see how Rockaway was affected by both September 11 (when more than 70 local residents were lost) as well as the crash of flight 587 just two months and a day later, killing 265 in the aircraft and five residents on the ground, this is the book. It is quintessential Rockaway, pure Rockaway heroism from the firefighters who spent two months digging their brothers out of the WTC and then spent a day digging their homes out of the wreckage of 587 Heavy, to saloon owner Bernie Herran, who told his stock broker son to go to the roof on September 11 and then, just two months later had an airliner drop on his front lawn, this is a great read for anyone who believes in community and the human spirit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about an amazing place: Rockaway Beach. Remember the guy who told Osama bin Laden to kiss his royal Irish a**? He's from Rockaway? One of the firefighters who raised the flag at Ground Zero in that famous picture? From Rockaway. One of the first firefighters killed on 9/11? Rockaway again.
There's no "hero fatigue" in this book because it's not just another canned book about a well known tragedy. The people are too real. The writer has too good an ear for the way these people talk, which makes them come alive. I really cared about them by the end of the book.
It'll tear your heart out but it will make you laugh like hell too. Filled with colorful stories and great characters. Outstanding.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Billy Flanigan on November 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've been out of Rockaway for a long time now, but Boyle put me right back on the boardwalk. And just when he makes us comfortable being back at the beach, he takes us to lower Manhattan on September 11. I've read a lot of eyewitness accounts but this as real as it gets. He follows the day of a bunch of firefighters and some "regular" people and it goes from bad to worse. Because Rockaway lost so many people the place is devastated but not broken. The people are trying to get on with their lives. And just like that a plane crashes in Belle Harbor. Some of the same people who were there on 9-11 rush like mad to the plane crash. Some of them run on foot because they're that close to it. It's just unreal stuff. But Boyle puts it all together.
There are great stories here and some unbelievable people. I give this a big thumbs up. You will too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By donna on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Boyle's pace and tone throughout this book--he writes about painfull events with respect and consideration, but still maintained a compelling pace throughout the book.
There are moments that are truly heart pounding, there are moments of tenderness and sorrow that brought tears to my eyes, and there elements of luck, irony and humor.
Although it's clear Boyle cares for these people there is no heavy sentiment. He seems to be a writer made for his subject.
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