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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal; Reprint edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078442
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Last Men Out:
"This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental."--"New York Daily News
"Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."--"Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies."--"Publisher's Weekly
"I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out. . . . Downey does a masterful job."--James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, "The Roanoke Times


Praise for "The Last Men Out: "

"This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental."--"New York Daily News"

"Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)

"Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies."--"Publisher's Weekly"

"I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out". . . . Downey does a masterful job."--James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, "The Roanoke Times"


Praise for "The Last Men Out: "
"This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental."--"New York Daily News"
"Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)
"Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies."--"Publisher's Weekly"
"I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out." . . . Downey does a masterful job."--James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, "The Roanoke Times"


"This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental."--"New York Daily News"
"Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)
"Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies."--"Publisher's Weekly"
"I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out." . . . Downey does a masterful job."--James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, "The Roanoke Times"


"This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental." --"New York Daily News"

"Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism." --"Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies." --"Publisher's Weekly"

"I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out." . . . Downey does a masterful job." --"James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, The Roanoke Times"

This isn't the first unvarnished portrayal of city fireman. It maybe the most stark and at times unsettling. But like the firemen, Downey sees no need for apologies. If someone will walk through a wall of flame to see if Grandma is inside your burning house, the rest is supposed to seem incidental. "New York Daily News"

Full of firefighters' war stories, of macho camraderie, and of the gallows humor common to men who put their lives on the line every day. . . A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Downey's descriptions burn into the pages with searing intensity. Writing with verve and energy in a gritty style, he explores all extremes of the firemen's world, from triumphant moments of heroism to bitter tragedies. "Publisher's Weekly"

I have been a career firefighter for 32 years and have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies on firefighting; none rises to the level of authenticity of Tom Downey's "The Last Men Out." . . . Downey does a masterful job. "James Grigsby, chief officer with the Roanoke Fire-EMS, The Roanoke Times""

About the Author

"Tom Downey "is the nephew of the late, legendary Ray Downey, former Chief of Rescue Operations for the NYFD, who arranged for Tom to live and work with Rescue 2's men in order to make a film (which aired on the Learning Channel). Tom spent almost two years in the firehouse before 9/11, when his uncle died, and has continued reporting since that disaster.


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Just got this book finished and it is absolutely awesome.
Would recommend it to everybody.Got a few fire books recently and this by far surpasses them.Filled with brilliant stories about the guys and great rescue's it paints a real yet charming and admirable picture of the crews at rescue 2...a must read for anyone in the fire service and buffs alike
fantastic book..briliantly written
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One of the best FDNY books out there. Most fire books concentrate on the action, fighting fires, rescues and such. This book does too, however it also takes the reader into the lives and backgrounds of the members of Rescue 2. Once finished, you will feel like you know these guys in a little way.
Very good book, makes you laugh and brings a lump to your throat within pages.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c2c9168) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible. The author does a fantastic job of mixing in detailed accounts of historic fires along with the day to day part of the job. Of course the real heros are the fireman, a special breed. There are several anecdotes that show they don't want recognition (in one case, a man wanted to pay them $2000 for saving his mother, but they told him to save his money and buy a smoke detector!), just to do their job. The love of fighting fires comes across in spades as does the work ethic, the humor, the comraderie and the intense drive of the rescue 2 group. The characters are unforgettable. I wanted to cry when one of them in particular died (I forgot his name, but he was the gentle, quiet one who would give neighborhood boys free 10 point checks when they came in to get air in their bike tires.). I was left with great sadness that these dedicated men, everyday heros, are left with very little money for their efforts and most have to struggle by taking second jobs even with their insane hours. We should rise up and honor these men by paying them better salaries and honoring their work. They make our lives possible. By all accounts, this is a riveting book and a great piece of NY/Brooklyn/Queens history.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2d0d38) out of 5 stars i feel like I've lost my brothers 30 Jun. 2005
By 402RBGAse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As an aspiring firefighter applicant, I have tried to grab and read every book, story, article that I can about the "job" as so many call it. I must say that of those I've found, this one has touched me the most. Downey takes you into the private lives of these men and tells you each of thems story to the point that you feel if you saw them somewhere you've known them for years. Being allowed, not formally accepted by these fireman of Rescue 2, to invade their private home away from home behind the closed bay door (with the tribute to one of their fallen brothers that you get to know...no name dropping here) is an amazing feat on it's own. But to put you in his place as you read his words and feel the emotions these men felt has left me speechless. There are times when you can almost smell the smoke and feel the heat of the flames flickering above the heads of the men trudging through buildings looking for victims and just as you start to feel that little twinge of fear...you are injected with a bit of sharp humor to lighten your stress but to also show you how these men were able to become known as THE rescue unit the world looks up too. They truly have fun working in the most intense of heat and the darkest of dark (smoke so dark and dense that you cant see your hand that you KNOW is right in front of your mask, but you feel it adding weight to your bunker gear as it rest on your shoulders.). This book is a true testament of the character of a FF.

I can go on for days about how this book is one of the best i've read and resons why. But I wont. I'll just tell you to click on the "add to cart" button and see for yourself once you get your copy.

Bless those that fallen on the job and their families left behind. It takes a lot to be willing to give your life to save a complete stranger that may or may not be there.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2d218c) out of 5 stars Inside look to life in The Rescue 23 Jun. 2004
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having been a firefighter for 13 years now, I am always suspicious of new books about firefighting. None seem to ever get the feel, the energy, the smells and tastes of firefighting, especially when the author is an outsider. In Tom Downey's book, he takes us into the heart of Rescue 2, the rescue company which covers Brooklyn. As a frequent traveler to NYC and to work with the FDNY, I have a different view on things than most people, but I believe the non-fire person and fire people (buffs and smoke eaters alike) will enjoy this book. Not only is this a history of R2, but it gives great insight to what it means to join a real brotherhood, the bonds which are made, sacrifices people choose to take so they may serve others and hopefully save lives. Ray Downey, the author's father was a work acquaintance of mine, and I miss him greatly. Turns out I knew little of the man after reading this book. This is an easy read and would be a nice addition to any firefighting library.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2d2558) out of 5 stars A must for firefighters and those who love them... 7 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Only one other book I've read truly captures the true lives of firefighters and their community to the depth and extent that The Last Men Out does. It is called Braving the Waves - Rockaway Rises... and Rises Again, by Kevin Boyle. Boyle and Downey ought to get together and write a TV series that would give us the real, funny, tough, tragic, duty-bound stories of New York firefighters. Good job, Tom Downey!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2d22e8) out of 5 stars a mini history of new york 30 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this is well worth the read. Downey captures a tremendous amount of rich detail about blue collar life in New York. By recording the oral history of a few men, some of them lost on 9-11, Downey captures the cadences, rhythms, foods, and attitudes of working class Brooklyn. It's a mini-history of New York and firefighter lore - told by an author who studied that world before it was shattered by 9-11 and has watched the struggle to rebuild it. It's amazing to think that if Downey hadn't written this book, this oral tradition may have been lost to the rest of us.
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