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The Red Bandanna Audiobook

The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.

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Publisher's Summary

What would you do in the last hour of your life?

The story of Welles Crowther, whose actions on 9/11 offer a lasting lesson on character, calling, and courage

One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature.

A standout athlete growing up in Upper Nyack, New York, Welles was also a volunteer at the local fire department along with his father. He cherished the necessity and the camaraderie, the meaning of the role. Fresh from college, he took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but the dream of becoming a firefighter with the FDNY remained.

When the Twin Towers fell, Welles' parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles' mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger carrying a woman on his back down nearly 20 flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. "I'm going back up" was all he said.

The survivors didn't know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: The man was wearing a red bandanna.

Tom Rinaldi's The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.

©2016 Tom Rinaldi (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Nick 11-08-16
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    "Heroic, moving, and a great performance!"

    Tom Rinaldi tells an amazing story of 9/11. Please read this book, it is 100% worth it.

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    Orly 11-01-16
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    "Thank you for writing this story !"

    Thank you to the Crowther family and to Tom Rinaldi, for telling this story. I learned about a man that gave it ALL, all the time. I will be listening to this book from time to time as a reminder of this moment in our history .

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    Nicholas HOBOKEN, NJ, United States 10-20-16
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    Don't have words to describe the power of this book. It makes you cry, invokes anger, inspires and motivates, and brings self introspection. Rinaldi does it justice by narrating it himself.

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    Mikel A Richards 10-19-16
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    This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Made even better by the author Tom Rinaldi's narrative.

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    Todd 09-23-16
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    I am emotionally spent. The Red Bandanna tells the behind the scenes story of a young man that left an extraordinary "forever" legacy.

    I wish there were 10 STARS.

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    Jerome 09-19-16
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    "A Truly Inspirational Story"

    I thought the book was well written with great imagery of a truly epic tragedy. To listen about a hero rise out of the smoke and fire and make the ultimate sacrifice moved me. Tom Rinaldi really captured the emotion of the 9/11, the loss the family suffered, and the rise of an American Legend!

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    "Stopped me in my tracks"

    A must read for all BC alum. Proud to be a member of the class of '99 with Welles.

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    Carly 09-13-16
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    "A true hero!"

    What a touching story of an amazing young man. I have a son he same age as him when he was lost. I can't imagine the loss and grief, but their story of hope is remarkable. I will never look at a red bandana the same again......

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