Firehouse

By David Halberstam; Denis Leary (Introduction by)
(Hachette Books, Paperback, 9780786888511, 208pp.)

Publication Date: May 2003

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More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.
""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.



About the Author
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Denis Leary and Peter Tolan are creators, executive producers, and writers of "Rescue Me", while Jim Serpico is also an executive producer. Leary and Tolan first paired up on "The Job" (ABC), which also starred Leary. Tolan's other writing credits include "Analyze That, Stealing Harvard, Bedazzled" and "Analyze This". He also won Emmys for his work on "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Murphy Brown". The series is produced by Leary and Serpico's production company Apostle, The Cloudland Company and DreamWorks Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.


Praise For Firehouse

"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

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