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Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    A must read ...

    This is a great book. Very well written. It will keep you reading until the end. This book takes you from the time the plane was headed into the Pentagon until about a week after. Everything inbetween is so much more than what you ever saw on TV, read about in the news or caught online. To read the inside story of what it was like as a first responder to such a terrible national tragedy was amazing. The author did a great job in bringing together all of the story lines of the various people and entities involved in saving the Pentagon after the attack. While we all knew the damage was bad, I know I did not have perspective on what it was really like for those who worked at the scene on that day back in 2001. This book goes a very long way in explaining what happened in that first week as far as putting out the fire (which took a while for a myriad of reasons), clearing out the debris (I had no idea how much work had to be done to make parts of the Pentagon even safe to work in) and identifying bodies and body parts. The appreciation I have for our fire fighters, FEMA crews and many others who are first responders is even greater now. This is a great book and a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Shocking Story that Highlights the true American Spirit

    This is not a book to be taken lightly, or one that you can just read in a night. I found myself having to put it down and digest what I had read. As I sit here on the Eve of the 9th Anniversary of 9/11, I find myself grateful that so many hours were put into the writing of this book.

    I can truthfully say that the events in this book are true. Several of my husband's colleagues were at the Pentagon that fateful morning. It may be why I was so drawn to this particular book. I can say that their stories match. Just recently I watched a television show on Nat. Geo. entitled DC 9/11. Once again the facts lined up with the book.

    I do warn that it is very graphic, but there is no way to sugar coat the fate of those injured or killed. To do that would not convey the depth of the hatred that terrorist have for the USA, and those that were born here or live here, regardless of race, gender or religion.

    This is a book that will stay with me the rest of my life. I am so proud to be an American, and to stand with my fellow Countrymen as we stand together as One with the Great American Spirit that lives within the majority of our hearts.

    God Bless the families that lost so much 9 years ago. It certainly goes without saying God Bless our troops, their families and all those that support them as the continue their mission of ridding the world of terrorist.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Gripping & Fascinating Account of 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon

    As a native of the Washington, DC area and a federal employee, when I first heard of the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, my immediate thoughts went to the Pentagon and if any of my colleagues were there. Thankfully, none were.

    Since 2001, countless books have been written about those caught up in the awful events of that day. Understandably, many have focused on what transpired in New York City at the World Trade Center towers because of the massive carnage and loss of life.

    However, it was not until I came across this book, that I was able to read for the first time a comprehensive account of the attack on the Pentagon and the battle to save the building. The book takes the reader behind the scenes as firefighters and rescuers frantically work to rescue survivors and then try to save the structure from the spreading flames. My only criticism of the book is that the author has a tendency to often present too much detail regarding the events. This said, the book is still a gripping account of the events and the brave people caught up in it. I highly recommend it to anyone interesting in learning more about the Pentagon attack.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Great story of courage and bravery.

    Awesome book about the other tragedy on 9-11.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Outstanding

    A must read for all fire service brothers. Cool,calm and collected as our brothers face a day that our country is being attacked.

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