"[A] lovely book...People see the fallen, beat-up world around them and ask: What can I do? Maybe: Be like Welles Crowther. Take your bandanna, change the world."
Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
"Amid the myriad stories of Sept. 11, there are many moments of heroism. This…book tells one of the most memorable….Rinaldis reconstruction of that final morning is gripping. His recounting of how Crowthers family slowly learned of his valor…and of how many now honor him, is deeply moving….The payoff comes when President Obama tells Crowthers mother after the death of Osama bin Laden, "I know about your son." For her, he autographs a red bandanna and adds the message, We wont forget Welles."
The New York Times Book Review
"A beautiful book…Through one hero of that day, Rinaldi really tells the story of all of them, all those who saved others and couldn't save themselves. I tell you about a lot of books. Buy this one. In the spirit of all the ones who kept going back up the stairs."
Mike Lupica, NY Daily News
"How often does a book make you feel so deeply you need to just stop and breathe?... Rinaldi is a masterful storyteller…. Sure, the obvious time to have reviewed this gem of a book about a gem of a man would have been on Sept. 11. Yet the obvious time to donate to food pantries is Thanksgiving. The need for both, however, is all year…. a must read."
Newark Star Ledger
"Rinaldi writes a memorable and compelling account of the classic American hero….For those looking for an inspiring modern-day narrative, herein a young man goes beyond himself to help othersand makes the ultimate sacrifice."
"A meticulous and vivid portrait"
"The inspirational story of a modern-day hero who escorted dozens to safety during the 9/11 attacks… Rinaldi captures the compelling urgency of the indelible event and fondly tips his hat to Crowther, an exemplary embodiment of human compassion and selflessness. A moving, deeply felt tribute to a courageous individual who sacrificed his life to save others."
"Tom Rinaldis The Red Bandanna could very well become one of those classic books that are handed down through generations, for more than any book I have read in a very long time it convincingly tells the story of how great men and women become great how cultural, community, and spiritual drives can develop that inner character that will make the world a better place. It is all found here in these pages - the intellectual and moral strength of a close and loving family, determination, guts, and the sense of service that brings alive this memorable and beautifully written story of the 9/11 death of Welles Crowther. This book will always be set aside in my house to illustrate the art of writing, but mostly to honor the life of this courageous man a volunteer firefighter, champion athlete, well positioned stock trader a true friend and loyal son whose inner inspiration was to become a New York City firefighter. Every first responder will want to read this book, every high school and college English teacher will want to assign it, and every thoughtful reader will give it to someone they love."
Dennis Smith, retired FDNY firefighter and author of Report from Engine Co. 82