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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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    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 01-02-17
    Jay Friedman Dallas, TX United States 01-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "700 minutes too long"

    Tom Rinaldi is of ESPN fame and regularly creates gripping, outstanding 30 and 60 minute segments on topics that go beyond the sports field. Tom tells an interesting story here of Wells Krauther (sp?) that would have been awesome if told in 30-60 minutes. Instead, Tom takes a 30-60 minute idea and realizes a book of that length won't sell, and thus stretches it to 6.5 hours - still pretty short for a book.

    If you can find a summary of this book, it's likely worth reading. The 60 minute vision would have me highly interested the whole time. The 750 minute version was tedious.

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    "very good I loved this well read!!!!! must listen"

    recommend this for anyone learning about 9/11 must listen very well read great book wonderful

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    m. york 05-27-17
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    "A true story of family, loss and heroism."

    an incredible story about the last of the human freedoms: your ability to choose your response. this man chose to help others, to be a hero. a great story of a life too short but well lived. honored to have heard it.

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    Bob Shinders 03-01-17 Member Since 2014

    Use your brain!!!

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    It's just a well written story about a real hero. Tom Rinoldi reads his own book and sounds like a poet as always, not that that's bad. It's his thing and it works. Some of his stuff in the past is part hype, this piece is not hype. This is a story you should read and hope your children are as strong and helpful in society. This is also a book your children should read.

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    Matt Wrinn 02-17-17
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    "Great Story of heroism"

    Awesome book! Welles was the epitome of what it means to be a great American

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    Reminds you to appreciate the strengths of others, especially those that don't "conform". Makes you want to be a better person.

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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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    "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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    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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    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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