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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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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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Awesome

A must read book. I found the book to be very inspirational and touching. I will definitely recommend to all my friends to read.

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Praise God.

Praise God for this story.
Praise God for Wells, who showed God s love to us all through actions. Self less action.
Amazing .

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Be Prepared to Cry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Wow. Wow. Wow. What a story. This will stay in your heart for a long, long time.

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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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  • Manassas, VA, US
  • 05-27-17

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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Never forget

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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Great Story of heroism

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

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Inspiring

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.