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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: American Express Publishing; First Edition edition (March 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916103730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916103736
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 11 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

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.

From Booklist

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
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Mindy Abraham
We ALL felt a great sense of loss that day, I think this book is the very LEAST we can do.
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This book is a breathtaking memoir on their heroism.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Kusumoto on January 8, 2002
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James N. Chern on January 26, 2002
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is the only way I can describe how I felt looking at the images in this beautiful book. God bless the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for others. This book is a breathtaking memoir on their heroism. Hopefully we will never forget
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "carivadnais" on December 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my Firefighter husband. I know that, as a firefighter, he felt particularly helpless when this tragedy struck New York, and our country. I feel a great sense of pride in my husband's choice of occupation, and even more so that he is a Volunteer Firefighter. This book is a very moving tribute all of those (not just firefighters) that gave their lives on September 11th. The images contained are extraordinary, and all of us in the family that paged through it became very emotional when we read it. There are very few words, aside from the text written by the Mayor and Mr. McCourt, but the images leave very little need for them. And even more moving is the list of lost souls on the bottom of each page, which I felt assigned a lot more of a personal touch to this tragedy than just knowing the mere numbers of those lost while doing their jobs that day.
I do in fact feel that 'Brotherhood' is a perfect title, because as anyone affiliated with rescue services can tell you, it is a large family. We ALL felt a great sense of loss that day, I think this book is the very LEAST we can do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annie Kamp VINE VOICE on July 4, 2003
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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. Each page left me more and more with a sense of loss. I did not lose anyone that fateful day, yet, we all lost. The words you read are quite moving, the pictures mean more than the words and poems. Yet i am most moved by the names of those precious and brave firefighters name across the pages from the front cover to the back cover.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "yoooh-sea-ooh" on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"The Brotherhood" is a spectacular and moving tribute to all of New Yorks Bravest. It is tearfully moving yet not in the least bit over done or surupy. The Photography is absolutely first rate and truely captures the heart and soul of the FDNY and the sense of loss that all NY feels for the men and women of the New York City Fire Dept.I have not read Frank McCourt's books, but after reading his moving salute to the firemen of New York City I can easly understand why many consider him to be among the greatest living and active writers today. His two pages of writting alone are worth the price of this book. Wether you wish to buy this book simply because you wish to help the families of those killed or because of it's potential historical value or perhaps because you are a fire fighter or fire buff you won't be disappoited by this wonderful tribute/book. A definite buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kelly E. McClanahan on 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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