Through the kind of intimate portraits that are Halberstam's trademark, readers see a typical day in a firehouse unfold--the men called to duty, while their families wait anxiously for news of them. In addition, they come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself.Through the kind of intimate portraits that are Halberstam's trademark, readers see a typical day in a firehouse unfold--the men called to duty, while their families wait anxiously for news of them. In addition, they come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself.Read Less
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Behind the scenes of probably the worst man made disaster in the United States. A great read.
Jun 14, 2007
David Halberstam gives us great insight into what it was like to have been a fireman and firemans family in Manhattan on and around 9-11 tragedy--and just the general vibe of a NYC firehouse. No one writes quite like David---he had an uncanny ability to sift through the information and give us pretty much exactly what we would want to know----not too lean or too wordy---hard to describe, just read it for yourself if you see fit.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-27 Halberstam's gripping chronicle of a company of Manhattan firemen on September 11 is moving without ever becoming grossly sentimental an impressive achievement, though readers have come to expect as much from the veteran historian and journalist (author, most recently, of War in a Time of Peace). Engine 40, Ladder 35, a firehouse near Lincoln Center, sent 13 men to the World Trade Center, 12 of whom died. Through interviews with surviving colleagues and family members, Halberstam pieces together the day's events and offers portraits of the men who perished from rookie Mike D'Auria, a former chef who liked to read about Native American culture, to Captain Frank Callahan, greatly respected by the men for his dedication and exacting standards, even if he was rather distant and laconic (when someone performed badly at a fire he would call them into his office and simply give him "The Look," a long, excruciating stare: "Nothing needed to be said the offender was supposed to know exactly how he had transgressed, and he always did"). The book also reveals much about firehouse culture the staunch code of ethics, the good-natured teasing, the men's loyalty to each other in matters large and small (one widow recalls that when she and her husband were planning home renovations, his colleagues somehow found out and showed up unasked to help, finishing the job in record time). Though he doesn't go into much detail about the technical challenges facing the fire department that day, Halberstam does convey the sheer chaos at the site and, above all, the immensity of the loss for fellow firefighters. (May 29) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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