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Firehouseby David Halberstam
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A moving testament to the remarkable brotherhood of firemen, from the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author.
On a day when the worst of mankind showed itself, the best of mankind answered it.
Firehouse is an intimate portrait of the courageous men who sacrificed their lives during the New York City terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Following the lives of Engine 40 Ladder 35, Firehouse offers a view both into the epic center of the tragedy and into the daily life of firehouses across the nation.
Every American will want to know these courageous men who experienced first hand the worst terrorist attack to ever take place on American soil. Full of astonishing detail, lingo, humor, and danger, Firehouse is a terribly moving story that will inspire readers today and for years to come.
"[Q]uite an achievement....Understandably, some portraits are more rounded than others....More often, the descriptions click, Halberstam succeeds in bringing his subjects back to life, and we ache as we suddenly remember that this man is no more. Fine work that will leave most readers with even higher esteem for firefighters." Kirkus Reviews
"Halberstam's achievement is in remembering these men not just for how they died but for how they lived." People
"The best of funerals manage to mourn the dead and celebrate their lives, which is what Halberstam does." USA Today
"A graceful and moving book." New York Times Book Review
"Halberstam writes in this always clear-eyed but affecting group portrait." Newsweek
"[Halberstam's] special contribution is to anatomize the culture that incubated and nourished these remarkable public servants." Bookpage
“If you have tears, prepare to shed them.”
"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 important, 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 New York Times bestselling book about Engine 40, Ladder 35, located on the West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying thirteen men set out from this firehouse: twelve of them would never return.
Firehouse takes us to the epicenter of the tragedy. Through the kind of intimate portraits that are Halberstam’s trademark, 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; why, in so many instances, they are eager to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and serve in so dangerous a profession; and why, more than anything else, it is not just a job, but a calling.
This is journalism-as-history at its best, the story of what happens when one small institution gets caught in an apocalyptic day. Firehouse is a book that will move readers as few others have in our time.
“Graceful and moving.”
--James Traub, The New York Times Book Review
“Resembles John Hersey’s 1946 classic Hiroshima.”
“Poignant and immediate portrait of a New York firehouse. Halberstam delivers a jolting study in the impermanence of things, the swiftness with which the world can be transformed.”
--San Francisco Chronicle
“Always clear-eyed and affecting.”
--Time Out New York
“A very human face on the tragedy.”
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
“An understated little gem of a book.”
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A remarkable study of a tightly knit workplace world and the impact of September 11 upon it.”
“His special contribution is to anatomize the culture that incubated and nourished these remarkable public servants.”
A moving testament to the remarkable brotherhood of firemen, from the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author '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 important, share terrifying risks; their loyalties to each other must, by the demands of the dangers they face, be instinctive and absolute.' o writes David Halberstam, one of America's most distinguished reporters, in this stunning book about Engine 40, Ladder 35-one of the firehouses hardest hit in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying 13 men set out from this firehouse; only one fireman survived. Firehouse takes us to the very epicenter of the tragedy. Through the kind of intimate portraits of the men and their families that are Halberstam's trademark, we watch the day unfold. We come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself, what makes these gifted men want to be firemen, and why in so many instances they are eager to follow in their fathers' footsteps and serve in so dangerous a profession. And why more than anything else, it's not just a job, but a calling. This 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.
About the Author
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author David Halberstam has spent a lifetime defining the events that have shaped the modern age of our nation, both politically and psychologically. From his reporting on the budding Civil Rights movement to his award-winning coverage of Vietnam, he is considered to be one of the voices that personifies our nation?s collective consciousness. Halberstam is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers that Be, The Reckoning, The Fifties, and War in a Time of Peace. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair, he lives in Manhattan only blocks from Engine 40 Ladder 35.
Halberstam will be donating a portion of his profits to the families of the victims.
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