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Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from The New York Times Hardcover – May 1, 2002
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From Library Journal
In the days and weeks following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the nation and New York in particular struggled to find normalcy. Yet the city's desire to confront the terror and, in turn, work through its grief was palpable. The New York Times's series "Portraits of Grief" was one response to this need. Described by Times executive editor Howell Raines as "snapshots of lives interrupted as they were being actively lived," the profiles give a face to a number, a story to a name. By now everyone in the nation has read at least one of these portraits, heard the legacy of a loved one retold by a friend, or remembered the name of just one person who perished. As the series initially served to highlight the missing, it eventually lent itself to healing a nation by giving short, unglorified glances into the lives of everyday Americans. This book collects the portraits that ran from September 15 through February 5 in the paper's " A Nation Challenged" section, with the hope that future printings will include the rest of those who were remembered. Each page is filled with the kaleidoscope of perspectives and passions that were lost that day, with victims ranging from firefighters and mothers to waiters and financiers in an equality of bereavement. Unfortunately, the look and feel of the newspaper are maintained, along with the poor picture quality, detracting from the often poetic text. That aside, it is recommended for all public libraries, where there will no doubt be demand. [One copy will be given to each victim's family, and all proceeds from the book go to benefit the New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund. Ed.] Rachel Collins, "Library Journal.
- Rachel Collins, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
“In a story producing great journalism, none has been more exceptional than the New York Times’s ‘Portraits of Grief.’ They are profoundly moving.” —The Wall Street Journal
Top customer reviews
The trouble is I got immediately taken by all the 5 star reviews and I didnt realize that the format,was a profile of lives of those people before they that died. It wasnt what I was looking for. Of course that is in no way intended to hurt any one who reads this text.
This is simply a lesson in book buying. Read and understand what you are buying.
Its a simple lesson.
The New York Times is to be commended for doing its part to show just a slice of who the 9/11 victims were, to make sure they are remembered as real people who led real lives and not just statistical victims.