Hachette Books, Paperback, 9780786888511, 208pp.
Publication Date: May 21, 2003
""In the firehouse, the men not only live and eat with each other, they play sports together, go off to drink together, help repair one another's houses, and, most important, share terrifying risks; their loyalties to each other must, by the demands of the dangers they face, be instinctive and absolute.""
So writes David Halberstam, one of America's most distinguished reporters and historians, in this stunning" New York Times" bestselling book about Engine 40, Ladder 35, located on the West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying thirteen men set out from this firehouse: twelve of them would never return.
"Firehouse" takes us to the epicenter of the tragedy. Through the kind of intimate portraits that are Halberstam's trademark, we watch the day unfold--the men called to duty while their families wait anxiously for news of them. In addition, we come to understand the culture of the firehouse itself: why gifted men do this; why, in so many instances, they are eager to follow in their fathers' footsteps and serve in so dangerous a profession; and why, more than anything else, it is not just a job, but a calling.
This is journalism-as-history at its best, the story of what happens when one small institution gets caught in an apocalyptic day. "Firehouse" is a book that will move readers as few others have in our time.
Denis Leary has appeared in more than thirty films, including the Oscar-nominated Wag the Dog, The Thomas Crowne Affair, and Ice Age, as well as the Christmas cult classic The Ref, and such indie favorites as Jesus' Son and Suicide Kings. Leary was the co-creator, producer, and star of the critically acclaimed network comedy The Job. His one-man shows No Cure for Cancer and Lock 'n Load broke viewing records on HBO. Leary has also written for New York magazine, GQ, Playboy, Esquire, and many other publications. He was the co-writer, creator, and star of the four-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominated television series Rescue Me.
"Richly detailed . . . in structure and tone, it resembles John Hersey's 1946 classic Hiroshima."—USA Today
"FIREHOUSE leaves one feeling . . . personally touched . . . and grateful that there are ordinary people who possess such uncommon courage."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Poignant. . . Halberstam's achievement is remembering these men not just for how they died . . . for how they lived."—People Magazine