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Last Man Down: The Fireman's Story: The Heroic Account of How Pitch Picciotto Survived the Collapse of the Twin Tow: The Fireman's Story - The Heroic ... of the Twin Towers and Lead His Men to Safety Paperback – 5 Sep 2002
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
The Sunday Times Bestselling story of Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto who, on 11 September, survived the collapse of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. A royalty is being paid to the New York Fireman's fund.See all Product description
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This book leaves you with two things: an appreciation for the monumental task and huge effot that stood in front of the emergency personel that day; and the author's frustration with the state of the emergency services' provisions in 2001 and the way decisions made by "the brass" affected their ability to survive and provide aid that day. We have all learned the lessons of 9/11 - but have we learned the right ones?
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.
What ought to have been a mesmerising account of an infamous tragedy is instead a rather dreary read, punctuated with occasion insights (very occasional), poor writing, and an overriding feeling from the main author of his own self importance.
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.
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