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Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center Paperback – Large Print, May 2003

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410400891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410400895
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,767,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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INTERVIEWS: R2 STEVE WRIGHT SHOW will be interviewing Pitch in New York on Friday 21 February - ** this was cancelled as Pitch had to attended a funeral** REVIEWS: 'This book is no literary masterpiece but its strength lies in itsraw edges, the realism of the language and the honesty of the opinions'BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY MERCURY 'This is a harrowing, personal account that sharply brings into deadening focus the terrible events of that day in late summer'WORCESTER EVE NEWS 'Picciotto's moment-by-moment description of events are a lasting tribute to the 343 fallen fire fighters who died on 11 September 2001'JACK O --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The No. 1 bestselling true story of Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto who, on 11 September, survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By magdalene42 on 10 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ghostwritten I'm sure, but allowing the down-to-earth FDNY man to speak in his own voice, this is a direct, raw, emotional work which takes the reader right into the heart of the WTC disaster. Richard Picciotto was one of the last men to emerge alive from the rubble of WTC 1, as he and his crew, and a civilian they rescued, were trapped within the only staircase not to collapse completely. This is the story of how they came to be in there - and how they got out again.
As another reviewer said, 'Literature this ain't'; the fireman's voice is blunt and rough and spares no-one in his assessment of how lack of funding to the fire department contributed to the loss of life; he obviously has his own personal beef here which frequently comes across. But he tells the truth as he saw and sees it; and the sense of what it was like to be there and to do that job is far more vivid than could be obtained from a more considered and more 'literary' work.
Highly recommended.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christine Medway on 30 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful tribute to all those who lost their lives in the twin towers on that horrific day in September. I could not put it down - wanting to know what happened next and wishing that I could shorten the suffering these people went through before their final escape. Richard Picciotto's account of what it was like to be inside the North Tower on that morning is frighteningly real - written in a down-to-earth style that enables you to relate so easily and only begin to imagine his pain. This book further exposes not only the pain and horror of those events, but also the true bravery and an ultimate strength to remain optimistic at the hardest of times.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a tribute to all the men and women who risk their lives every day to save others. A truly emotional book which questions "If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? then if you survive a disaster but nobody hears your cries, do you really survive?" In 10-20 years time I believe that this book will become a film for all to see but the truth and pain will be distorted. There was no bonding huddle with survivors under the rubble, no talk of family and friends on the outside, simply silence.... A must read for all who doubt that there are some good people in the world. God bless the emergency services and every person who loved and lost a life on September 11th.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marie Johnson on 24 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book tells you what 'really' happened on the fateful day of September 11th. Being an outsider as you could put it, you don't really have a clue what happened inside the World Trade Centres on that day, this fireman's story tells you of the bravery and courage that these people did to try their best to save others. Its put over so realistically that you can almost fully imagine what the poor souls were going through on this tragic day.
This is a book which once you start you can't put it down until its finished.
Definately a must!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guv on 4 Oct. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I would have thought an account of being trapped inside one of the collapsed towers of the World Trade Centre would have practically written itself, but somehow Richard Picciotto and Daniel Paisner managed to annoy me far more than they enthralled. Whether this is Picciotto's fault or that of co-writer Paisner I'm unsure, but the latter should have at least brought writing ability to this project. But when certain words and phrases are re-used over and over and over again, and the writing veers from competent to poor, I'm wondering exactly what Paisner's contribution was. Why, for example, do we have have the word "bullhorn" cropping up so very often when synonyms like megaphone and loud hailer are obvious substitutes? Then there is the expression "in a beat", or "in a couple of beats": why, exactly, do we get this expression on almost every page of Last Man Down when it could have been mixed up with "in a moment", "in a second", "in a minute", etc? These are just the most blatant acts of lazy repetition.

But then we come to the subject of Picciotto's personality. Is he really this full of his own importance? Does he really look down his nose at anyone who isn't a fireman, or does it come over that way because of Paisner's lousy writing? The text may have Picciotto frequently referring to "these good people" (ad infinitum) but I got the distinct impression he doesn't like non-fireworkers very much and sees them as people who blunder around like sheep and get in his way. If Picciotto really is so obnoxious, perhaps Paisner could have reigned him in a bit. If Picciotto is actually a great guy, rather than the loose cannon we see on these pages, he ought to have brought in someone to replace Paisner for the next draught.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zara Crick on 5 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Absolutely excellent book which relives the horrific memories of September 11th. As we all know this was a tragic event and many of us watched the events unfold on the TV, you can actually feel what it was like to be in the twin towers. Brilliant book, excellently written and a treasure to keep as a piece of history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on 26 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just had to tell you all about this book, I bought it a few days ago and finished within a day, It was the best story i've read about september 11th. It puts you right inside the towers with Richard Picciotto. His step by step detail of how the day unfolded is gripping! I really couldnt put it down! He is such a Hero! Not for one minute did he stop being a fireman and be a citizen afraid! It's a must read if you want to get a closer feel of what went through those peoples minds that fateful day!
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