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"Hot off the presses, an extraordinary event: 125 of the world's best photographers snapped anything and everything related to the armed forces for A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces, the latest project in the Day in the Life series. We've seen these beautiful photography booksand they've been bringing us to other worlds since 1981but this is the biggest one yet."
Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America
"An unprecedented insider's view of a remarkable one-day mission: to photograph Americans on guard."
Charles Gibson, PrimeTime
"A snapshot of the U.S. militaryactually 60,000 snapshotsall taken during one 24-hour period. 125 of the world's best photojournalists fanned out across the globe to capture a day in the life of the U.S. armed forces. Not an easy task, considering that there are 1.4 million men and women on active duty, stationed around the world for this country."
Ted Koppel, Nightline UpClose
"When you go to a movie and enjoy it, you can't take the movie
home and put it on a coffee table. But you can take a piece of
work like this, especially if you really treasure experiences
and assoications in the military, and put it on a coffee table.
And every time you sit down to watch television you pick up
that book and look at the troops... it's a meaningful piece of artwork."
Army General Tommy Franks
MAJOR PRESS COVERAGE
U.S. News & World Report
"As the men and women of America's armed forces prepare to come home from Iraq, they return to a life with which most of their compatriots are wholly unfamiliar. To document that life, more than 125 of the world's finest photographers fanned out across the globe over a single 24-hour period late last year. The result is A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces."
Exclusive photographs from the book are featured in the May 12, 2003 edition of U.S. News & World Report. See U.S. Army paratroopers from Ft. Benning, Georgia parachuting from a C-130; join members of a joint task force Full Accounting team at Kuy Thuong Mountain in Vietnam, and experience "The Crucible" the grueling marine training at Camp Pendleton. (May 12, 2003)
"You may just be tempted to drop and do 20 push-ups after you spend a few
minutes with these stunning images of military folk. This is the ideal gift (hint, hint) for your aimless teen." (June, 2003)
Cox News Service
"A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces is one of about 20 "Day in the Life" projects, one of those brilliantly simple ideas that works by virtue of its very basic premise. One dayit's all there, random events tied together by the human factor and the fact that we're all getting by, doing whatever we need to do. A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces has the requisite tanks and guns and uniforms, but it's the human moments that make the book so valuable." (May 16, 2003)
"This dazzling collection of photographs, the latest installment in the
long-running "A Day in the Life" series, pays tribute to the men and women of
the U.S. armed forces in their work and their play, from the jungle tents
in which members of the "Joint Task Force-Full Accounting Team" sleep, to
the mind-boggling hardware that the all-male Trident sub crew operates... this volume casts military personnel as hard workers, patriots
and heroes. As such, it may appeal as much to military recruiters as it
will to vets and everyday Americans looking for a portrait of the men and
women sworn to defend the U.S." (May 13, 2003)
San Antonio Express-News
"What they captured in A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces is not just military might and spectacular hardware, but something much more difficult to pin down: human beings." (May 12, 2003)
"One of the most ambitious photo projects ever attempted." (May 6, 2003)
"Armed Forces delivers poignant images of what real life in the Armed Services is like." Five-star rating.
ABC's Prime Time Live
"One day last month, 125 photographers fanned out across the world to document a single 24-hour period in the lives of the 3 million men and women of the U.S. military. As the day wore on, photographers in each of the Earth's 24 time zones took pictures in many of the 146 countries where U.S. troops are stationed."
"In the Philippines, Bob McNeely, who was President Clinton's personal photographer, followed U.S. Special Forces and Marines as they trained their Filipino counterparts in antiterrorism. McNeely, who had started his career as a photographer when he was a 22-year-old draftee in the Vietnam War, was impressed by the U.S. soldiers' commitment to the humanitarian duties that were part of their mission. "They seem to be really able to do things that connect to the people where they go," he said. (November 28, 2002)
ARMED FORCES PRESS COVERAGE
Army General Tommy Franks says of the book, "When you go to a movie and enjoy it, you can't take the movie home and put it on a coffee table. But you can take a piece of work like this, especially if you really treasure experiences and associations in the military, and put it on the coffee table. And every time you sit down to watch television, you pick up that book and look at the troops... You'll think about the technology. But you also think about the human face on that Marine, soldier, airman, sailor or Coast Guardsman, as you saw in Operation Iraqi Freedom. So it's wonderful to see what these wonderful men and women look like on an average day as they're doing their jobs. I think it's a meaningful piece of artwork." (May 13, 2003)
"A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces" photo exhibit opened May 9, 2003 at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Attendees included Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Army Gen. Tommy Franks, as well as executives from the book's producer, EpiCom Media and publisher HarperCollins, men and women from the Armed Forces, national press, and project photographers and staff. Includes photographs from the event. (May 8, 2003)
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
Burning through thousands of film rolls and panning out across military bases from Japan to Afghanistan, 125 photographers spent one day recording the activities of average servicemembers.
"I'm focusing more on the individual emotions," says photograher Torin Boyd. "I see a lot of innocence in the faces of these young men and women and I'm still trying to figure that out. Each person has an individual story to tell."
(October 25, 2002)
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
What does the military do in 24 hours? A new coffee-table style book will show exactly that through photographs. More than 125 military and civilian photographers used Tuesday to chronicle 24 hours of military life at bases and far-flung outposts, from Afghanistan to Alabama. (October 23, 2002)
On Oct. 22, top military and civilian photographers will capture 24 hours in the U.S. armed forces at sites throughout the United States and across the globe. (October 15, 2002)