On Sale: September 6, 2016
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Non-Fiction Biography | Non-Fiction Inspirational
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, NY, 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, Wellesâ€™s 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, Wellesâ€™s 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 twenty
flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man
turned around. â€śIâ€™m going back up,â€ť was all he said.
The survivors didnâ€™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 Rinaldiâ€™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.
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