Above Hallowed Ground

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On the morning of September 11th, a new kind of horror shook the world. Terrorists crashed two passenger airliners into the World Trade Center in the worst attack on U.S. soil in the nation's history. But at the same time a new generation of heroes rose up to fight it. This book chronicles not only the devastation of that day, but also the valor and heroism of those who saved thousands of lives.

Not one of these photographs has been published before. On top of that, these images...

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Overview

On the morning of September 11th, a new kind of horror shook the world. Terrorists crashed two passenger airliners into the World Trade Center in the worst attack on U.S. soil in the nation's history. But at the same time a new generation of heroes rose up to fight it. This book chronicles not only the devastation of that day, but also the valor and heroism of those who saved thousands of lives.

Not one of these photographs has been published before. On top of that, these images offer a vantage point no ordinary photographers could obtain: They were taken by members of the New York City Police Department, uniformed and civilian, who were on the scene moments after the first plane hit and who were behind the scenes during the entire rescue and recovery effort.

Many officers took pictures during the course of their duties. Some were inside the lobbies of the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Some were in helicopters hovering near the burning towers. Some were trapped in the dust cloud after the buildings fell. They took pictures of the pandemonium around them, the fear, the effort, the exasperation. This collection portrays the courage of those who rushed into the danger so that others could escape it.

One of the featured photographers, Detective Dave Fitzpatrick, was off duty when he heard a report of the attack over his radio. He immediately went to an NYPD airfield, joined a crew boarding a police helicopter, and flew to the World Trade Center. They arrived right after the second plane hit and were instructed to observe the scene and watch for any other incoming aircraft. Over the course of three flights that day, Fitzpatrick shot thousands of photographs that became the only aerial views of the devastation and early rescue efforts downtown. He also covered all Ground Zero operations for the next two months. His best photos, along with those of numerous other members of the NYPD, have been collected in this book. Together they make up the most in-depth visual document of the September 11th tragedy and its aftermath.

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Detective Dave Fitzpatrick was driving to work when heard the news on his car radio of the attack on the World Trade Center. He boarded a police helicopter at Floyd Bennett Field, and within minutes, Fitzpatrick and his colleagues were in the skies almost alone: Air traffic around the country had been grounded. In a situation both breathtaking and surreal, the lone photographer snapped aerial shots of the Twin Towers' collapse. This pictorial brings together 278 images that Detective Fitzpatrick took that day and subsequently at the devastated terrain of Ground Zero.
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Adult/High School-One of the better photographic remembrances of the World Trade Center disaster. None of these color photos have heretofore been published and many depict scenes or were taken from positions that were off-limits to commercial or amateur photographers. Particularly breathtaking are those taken by Dave Fitzpatrick, an off-duty detective who rushed to board a police helicopter that morning and spent the remainder of the day taking thousands of photographs "that became the only aerial views of the devastation and early rescue efforts." The photos are chronologically arranged, beginning minutes after the first plane hit the North Tower, continuing through the succeeding days of search-and-rescue operations, and culminating with the cleanup. Many are full page and there are at least a dozen spreads. As a "photographic record," this coffee-table-sized book documents a historic event, confirming, for example, why no rooftop rescues were possible and the extent of the damage to the entire area now known as Ground Zero. It also stands as a tribute to the public-safety employees, construction workers, and volunteers who worked side by side throughout a horrific ordeal. The book is dedicated to the 23 members of the NYPD who were lost that day and to their families.-Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670031719
  • Publisher: Studio
  • Publication date: 8/22/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 547,321
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 12.14 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    The best pictorial book on the market

    We are from England and spent our honeymoon in Manhattan.My wife and I went up the WTC,5weeks and 1 day before it was attacked, a truly fantastic experience and one we shall never forget until the day we die. This book brought back so many fabulous memories for us both, along with a great deal of tears and sadness. May all the victims of that sad day, rest with god. A SUPERB PICTORIAL BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    History Lesson

    It would seem imperative we, as a nation need to make certain generations to come will remember this tragic day in our history. Thus, one of my gifts to my children this year will be this book. After reviewing other books about September 11, 2001 "Above Hallowed Ground" gave necessary perspective with valuable photographs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    Keepsake

    This is thee book to pass on generation after generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Leaves you speachless

    As a New Yorker, who lost 2 good friends at the WTC,this book of photos helped me see all the effort New Yorks Finest and Bravest went through to rescue,and recover our loved ones.It left me speachless,in tears,and yet has helped in closure of the wounds that for some of us will never really heal.I pray each day for the lives lost and for the heroes who worked 24-7 to find our lost. God Bless them all,God bless America and God bless New York. I will treasure this book always!!

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