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"In the firehouse the men not only live and eat with each other, they play sports together, go off to drink together, help repair one another's houses and, most importantly, share terrifying risks; their loyalties to each other must, by the demands of the dangers they face, be instinctive and absolute."So writes David Halberstam, one of America's most distinguished reporters and historians in this stunning book about Engine 40, Ladder 35 - one of the firehouses hardest hit in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade towers.On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying 13 men set out from this firehouse, located on the West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center; 12 of the men would never return.Firehouse takes us to the very epicenter of the tragedy. We watch the day unfold, the men called to duty, while their families wait anxiously for news of them. In addition, we come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself, why gifted men do this and why, in so many instances, they are anxious to follow in their fathers' footsteps and serve in so dangerous a profession - why more than anything else, it is not just a job, but a calling as well.Firehouse is journalism-as-history at its best. The story of what happens when one small institution gets caught in an apocalyptic day, it is a book that will move readers as few others have in our time.
©2004 David Halberstam; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By peabozzle on 11-11-11

Short, but gripping

I was so involved in the stories of the lives of these heroes, that I was brought up short when it ended.....I was left wanting more. More stories, more information about these men who gave everything at a terrible point in our history as a nation. I especially wanted to know more about the families they left behind. Great book, would recommend!

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By Patricia on 05-02-10


Short but insightful glimpse into the inner workings of a New York city firehouse and the lives of some of New York's Bravest in the weeks leading up to 911. It set me to weeping all over again for the courage and selflessnes of the 343 firefighters lost in the effort to save others.

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