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Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 Hardcover – May 27, 2008
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“Firefight is a gripping human drama and a powerful story–not to mention a significant addition to the annals of American history.”
–David Morrell, author of First Blood
“Overshadowed by the calamity in New York, the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was nonetheless a day of extraordinary drama, heroism, and tragedy. With riveting detail and a compelling narrative, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman have done a superb job in Firefight of capturing the courage, chaos, and sacrifice of that remarkable day.”
–Steve Vogel, author of The Pentagon: A History
“A gripping inside look at the swift actions taken by a small group of firefighters who saved the Pentagon from destruction.”
–Bing West, author of No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
“Firefight presents a different view of September 11, getting into the actions and mindsets of both the firefighters and the military in Washington D.C. A powerful read.”
–Richard Picciotto, co-author of Last Man Down: A New York City Fire Chief and the Collapse of the World Trade Center
“Firefight does an excellent job of showing the unique issues presented when the heart of America’s military was attacked on September 11, 2001. As I read this book, I felt a brotherhood with the courageous professionals at the scene of the Pentagon and their need to ameliorate the suffering of others.”
–Lt. William Keegan, Jr., PAPD., author of Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission
“This little-known but equally horrifying story of 9/11 will raise the hair on your neck and add to the historical outrage inspired by these senseless murders. The firefighters are seen in grit and in heroism as they fight their way through the Pentagon flames to contain the fires, triage the wounded, interrelate with the FBI, and search for the all-important black boxes. Read this book to remind yourself just how shocked you were that day.”
–Dennis Smith, chairman of First Responders Financial and author of Report from Ground Zero
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Top Customer Reviews
September 11, 2001 the day America was violently and savagely attacked by terrorists on its own soil in the Continental United States. A preponderance of all the publicity that has followed the multiple attacks has been directed toward the World Trade Centers. After all, that was the first attack and had many more casualties, and the Pentagon which manages our worldwide military forces, has uncounted security issues, which by all common sense should not have as free access by the outside world. And that's what makes this book by author's Patrick Creed and Rick Newman even more remarkable in its detail and scope.
When the Pentagon's design was unveiled in 1941, "its size and secrecy had made it one of the most intriguing buildings in the world. The structure was notoriously huge - its SIX MILLION SQUARE FEET of office space was three times larger than the Empire State Building." After the crash of Flight 77, fire crews were alerted from all over the Washington area, and as they all headed to the Pentagon, many of the men and women involved weren't even aware of what had transpired at the World Trade Centers. From this point out is where this story will add another dimension to every American's memory of this historical day of terrorist evil.Read more ›
I spent 11 days/nights at the Pentagon as an emergency responder. I walked the lawn near the Pentagon helipad tower, stepping on air plane parts with every movement. It was impossible not to. The ground was covered with them. I witnessed the raging fire and structural collapse of the building, as well as the evolution of Camp Unity, and the transition of command from Arlington County Fire Department to the FBI. I had a front row seat to many of the events described in this book. My friends, professional acquaintances, and those I met are in this book. Some are mentioned by name but many more are identified by the hard fought successes of those days. They are the heroes.
FIREFIGHT takes you into the hearts and minds of those in the battle. The authors introduce you to average people who did extraordinary things. Creed and Newman don't glamorize or exaggerate the facts. They simply share them with you from the perspective of those who were there.
When a Boeing 757 plowed into the Pentagon, men and woman raced into the fire to rescue the perishing. FIREFIGHT takes you into the blazing inferno immediately following the impact.Read more ›
That day, and the days immediately following were filled with chaos, confusion, misinformation, and misdirection. The authors do a very good job of taking you through that in a very readable way, without imposing logic or structure on a story that has none. The story is not spoiled because we already know the ending.
The sense of disorientation I experienced as a reader would normally frustrate me. Where is this taking place in the building? Who is this character? How did he get here? Why is this happening? You still realize that is exactly the message the author wants you to get. You stop looking at the diagram of the building trying to figure out where the story is happening. It doesn't matter anymore; the walls are gone. And that is exactly what the firefighters, military personnel, and civilians were all experiencing that day.
This is a story well worth reading for it is about a battle won not by heroes, or stars, or gallant leaders, but by an awful lot of people trying very, very hard to work together.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We need to remember those that fought ( and continue to fight) to keep us safe! Not all battles involve weapons and the folks in this book are truly unsung heroes!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Detailed account of the days following of the bombing of the Pentagon. Hard to read from the standpoint of what the fire crews and military personnel endured.Published 6 months ago by J.C.
Interesting insight into events at the Pentagon on and in the aftermath of 9/11. The book reveals that the Pentagon was in grave danger as a results of the attack, and first... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patricia M. Bonner
official government propaganda aimed at bolstering the official fictional story that tries to explain away there not being any evidence that a jet hit the pentagon ... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cyril
My son-in-law was a fireman from Montgomery County at that time and he responded to the Pentagon attack. It was an emotional experience. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Robert Russell
It was an excellent and riviting tale. The authors made you feel like you were right there with the firefighters.Published on August 22, 2013 by sissytiger
When the events of September 11, 2001 are discussed, the felling of the World Trade Center towers is examined, as is the heroic action of Flight 93, The Flight That Fought Back. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson