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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    It has been a long while since I have been able to read an entir

    It has been a long while since I have been able to read an entire book while staying at least relatively interested. Bomb Squad by Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein was a great read but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting to read a year within the NYPD Bomb squad but it was much more than that, maybe half of the book was the about the year inside the bomb squad and the other half was history, stories, and info about bombs. This book starts out with the bomb squad in Time square on December 31st, 2003 but as I found out it isn’t a straight line from there. The chapters jump around a lot to where you will be reading about the NYPD Bomb squad and then the next chapter is about bombs and what they are. The major message of this book is that Bomb squads everywhere, not only in new York, are here to protect and serve without fear and that this form of special law enforcement are always progressing to keep up with the ever-changing terrorism and terror devices. What I specifically enjoyed about this book was that the book is completely how bomb squads prevent and approach bombs; there is no specific plot or story that focuses on a specific act of heroism. This means that this book would be great for anyone interested in pursuing a career in this form of law enforcement or just any one interested in the topic of bomb squads. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was how much it jumped around; I did enjoy the chapters that strayed away from the Year inside the bomb squad but it did make it a little confusing. The writing style was different from chapter to chapter which should be expected since the book was written by two authors, it wasn’t a major difference in writing style but from what I read some chapters were a little more dole and used less imagery than others. Over all I give this book an 8/10 because it was a very interesting book but it did get marked down for the chapter jumping and the writing style. I would recommend this book to any one interested in going into the police force or anyone who is interested in bombs/terrorism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    While this book isn't bad by any means, it was definitely not wh

    While this book isn't bad by any means, it was definitely not what I was expecting.  The book is is fairly scattered, in the sense that it doesn't follow any set path, but rather it is split up into different sections that cover different topics.  Esposito and Gerstein cover many subjects in this book including: who the technicians are as individuals, the events they are needed at the most, their training, their equipment, the kinds of things they see on the job, the squads history, why they're so successful, and explicit details of the consequences of letting a bomb go unnoticed.  The major message of the book is basically that New York City will always be pretty safe from bombings as long as the squad exists.  There are few things that might get past the system they have set in place.
    Anyone interested in what it's like to be part of a police force should read this book, because it cuts past the glamour and the heroism, and details what this line of work is really like.  This book is written by two authors, and that is very apparent throughout the story.  One of the authors (I'm not sure which) writes with a very captivating style, but they are both reporters, and one of them treated the book like another news story.  So one chapter could be enthralling, and really put the reader in the life of the technicians, and the next becomes very dry and monotonous.  I liked the fact that the story really takes the reader through what it's like to be a part of the squad, and not someone looking in from the outside.  However, the book is a very dry read, and it became almost mind-numbing at times.
    Lastly, this book should probably not be made into a movie, mainly for security reasons.  The authors were very careful to avoid giving away any major secrets of the trade, and a movie would really present problems with this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    A bomb book  T his book was a book that i could actually keep m

    A bomb book 

    T his book was a book that i could actually keep my eyes to.Most of the time when i read a book i am completely zoned out by the 3rd page. Not with this book because it wasn't something I would have expected, Richard and Ted (the authors) got access to follow around the NYPD for an entire year which is something that I think is awesome. This book overall made me feel like i could be whatever I wwanted to be in my life because of some of the stories these men told them. I would highly recommend this book. 
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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    What a Blast!

    Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation’s Most Exclusive Police Unit by Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein gives an excellent overview of New York City’s bomb squad. This book shows how the squad operates and goes in depth on its missions and procedures. This book also gives an excellent overview of the squad’s history. It discusses everything from the beginnings of the squad to the latest technology the squad possesses. It gives very good accounts of past bombing accounts large and small. It also contains lots of information about the various groups that plagued New York with bombs, including FALN and the Black Hand. However this book not only has descriptions of bombs that went off in the states, it also has a comprehensive list of bombing catastrophes form around the world. The research was excellently done and presented well. The information was very thorough and comprehensive. I used the information that this book had to do an ethnography on the lives of bomb squad members. This book was very helpful for me and gave me great information. My only complaint with this book was that it jumped around too much. Each chapter described a scene from a different time period so it was a little confusing. For example chapter 6 discusses a day in 2004, but chapter 7 talks about a bomb that went off in 1975. So it didn’t read like a normal book. But other than that this was a great informative book. I would recommend this book if you want to learn more about the bomb squad and its past, but if you want a story this wouldn’t be the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008


    Very interesting, kept me wanting more.

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    Posted November 19, 2011

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