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The First Responders
on January 6, 2013
The First Responders: The Untold Story of the New York City Police Department & September 11th, 2001, by Anthea Appel.
This book provided a new perspective on September 11 from what I had read before. Ultimately, although the names and the employers were different, the experiences of the New York City Police Department was little different from that of the New York City Fire Department. Both suffered from disorganization and confusion, and ultimately tragic loss of life, although the Police Department was a little better organized than the fire department. At the same time, it was nice to see the police officers get their due after being largely relegated to the background while the fire department, because of their enormous number of casualties, took the spotlight and most of the glory.
Ultimately, while interesting, I didn't learn very much new information from this book. Nonetheless, I think it plays an important role in the chronicalling of that horrible day, adding one more voice, one more angle to the story. 3 out of 5.