- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Presidio Press; 1 edition (May 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891419055
- ISBN-13: 978-0891419051
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 1st Edition
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–A well-paced, well-written account of a successful battle. It was fought by numerous civilian firefighting companies from the Washington, DC, area, especially those from Arlington County, where the Pentagon sits. The response by firefighters from the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, the District, and also from nearby Reagan National Airport was admirably rapid and the dangers to them were immense; the relatively small loss of life in the Pentagon is a tribute to their courage and skills. Hundreds of workers–civilian and military–risked their lives and certainly harmed themselves by breathing toxic fumes laced with petroleum and building dust to save coworkers, and readers will learn of the many people deserving recognition. What many who are familiar with the 9/11 attacks do not know is that those gathered to save the Pentagon, normally occupied by 25,000 people, were warned that another commercial airliner was potentially inbound, perhaps to finish the job. This saga is much less well known than the story of the New York City Fire Department responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Teens will be enlightened and inspired by this valuable book.–Alan Gropman, National Defense University, Washington, DC
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Advance praise for Firefight
“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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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.
That being said, this is a marvelous book. It is well researched and well written account of the job the fire fighters did in saving the Pentagon after the Islamic terrorists flew a Boeing 757 into the building. It tells of how difficult the fire was to put out, due to very unusual materials used in the building. It also explains why the Pentagon survived so much better than did the twin towers in New York. You also learn of the politics that the fire fighters and military got into of who was in control, and how the correct answer to that question was resolved, quickly and accurately. You also learn of the difficulties of fighting a fire in the largest office building in the world, one that was partially occupied during the entire fire fight-a unique problem for both the military and fire fighters.
Written in a narrative style, in a chronological fashion, you feel like you are there during the fight to save the people and the building. You get to see the heroism of many of the people involved. And you get the answer to how do you fit a fire truck that is too tall into the central courtyard of the Pentagon.