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4.0 out of 5 stars It takes you right there and makes you part of it.
"Report from ground zero" is one of those increasingly rare pieces of work in which the reader is drawn straight in to the heart of the experience. Once begun you stay until the last page is turned; humbled, proud and very moved. It is an honest, loving account of the experiences and courage of all those men and women who lived through it and tried desperately to help.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When fact becomes legend
Its a book of two halves. The first half provides a series of eye witness accounts from members of the NY Fire Service, NYPD and Port Authority Police. Outsiders forced by circumstances beyond their control to become insiders. In their stark and unadorned simplicity, these accounts tell posterity what 9/11 was like from the perspective of those who were actually there...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It takes you right there and makes you part of it., 12 April 2002
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katrin B (london United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
"Report from ground zero" is one of those increasingly rare pieces of work in which the reader is drawn straight in to the heart of the experience. Once begun you stay until the last page is turned; humbled, proud and very moved. It is an honest, loving account of the experiences and courage of all those men and women who lived through it and tried desperately to help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrateable - Five Stars just doesn't cut it, 30 Aug 2007
I started reading this book after a visit to the Ground Zero memorial centre whilst on holiday in mid 2007 and I can honestly say it is one of the most riveting books I have ever read (being up until 4am because I couldn't put it down). Here Dennis Smith tells the story of the thousands of firefighters, police officers and port authority officials who responded to the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Centre. It truly is a fitting tribute to the men and women who lost their lives, and those who tried to rescue them. This book has left me chilled to the bone and weeping in many parts, it is a beautifully written and heartfelt read and will ensure that the immense tragedy that was 9/11 is never forgotten.

Hats of to Dennis Smith.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When fact becomes legend, 9 Mar 2010
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Its a book of two halves. The first half provides a series of eye witness accounts from members of the NY Fire Service, NYPD and Port Authority Police. Outsiders forced by circumstances beyond their control to become insiders. In their stark and unadorned simplicity, these accounts tell posterity what 9/11 was like from the perspective of those who were actually there. Primary source material does not get any more powerful than this. The understated courage of these men speaks for itself and it will surely resonate down through the centuries to come.

The second half of the book derives from the diary of Dennis Smith. It is highly subjective. Mr Smith is pithy and opinionated. He is driven to ensure the firemen are enshrined in the pantheon of American heroes. Drawn from the same Hibernian American stock as the police and the firemen, the strength of this approach is the insight Dennis Smith gives the reader into these close knit communities and their unassuming valour. The weakness is his seeming unwillingness to step outside and view events from a wider perspective. For instance compare the uncritical thesis of this book with the conclusions drawn in '102 Minutes'102 Minutes. Errors both institutional and professional undoubtedly plagued 9/11 rescue efforts. Acknowledging these aspects in no sense negates the transcendent bravery of the fire crews who have more than earned their apotheosis among the greatest of American legends.
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