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Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the WorldTrade Center [NOOK Book]

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On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burnand then to buckle. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South ...
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On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burnand then to buckle. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. Where he made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians. And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buriedfor more than four hours after the building's collapse.

This is the harrowing true story of a true American hero, a man who thought nothing of himselfand gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City'sand the country'sdarkest hours.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101220757
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 233,890
  • File size: 696 KB

Meet the Author

Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center. He is a twenty-eight year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. For the past nine years, he has presided over FDNY's Battalion 11, covering Manhattan's Upper West Side.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    "Last Man Down" is the story of a group of fireman who

    "Last Man Down" is the story of a group of fireman who survive the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center. The story narrated by Richard Picciotto gets into on what really happened on September 11th, 2001. Picciotto lets readers know everything that happened to him and his group on that day. The story puts readers on edge. Once you read the first chapter, you will most likely be hooked. The firefighters are in a race for their lives as the World Trade Center is near collapse. Richard Picciotto lived to tell his experience of 9/11. I recommend this book to anyone that likes learning about America

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was amazing. It keeps you interested the whole time. Being a Firefighter in NC it relates back alot to everyday calls and life. Great book, I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Great book to read

    The book is well told to the reader. It defines the true love of being a firefighter. Tells you that civilians, firefighters are going to die and that doesn't stop Richard (firefighter) from being a hero. The down fall he ends up needind a hero to save his life from being buried alive in the debris. Thats how he gets his story being a firefighter on 9/11. There is a saying that he said that I will remember everytime I hear 9/11, 'Our beautiful blue day turned to crap. Our world turned upside down and inside out and all over the place. Our lives changed forever.' That will never change of what happened that day. People died being a hero.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Jr. Firefighter and Fire Fighters Daughter's View

    After the towers fell NY was never the same and neither was the firefighting family. The 343 Brothers and sisters lost on that day effected not only the FDNY but also the volunteer community on Long Island. Reading Cheif Piccioto's view from inside the towers made me remember how numerous firefighters in not only my department but departments from LI to Staten Island were effected by the loss. Reading this book makes me remember the numerous wakes and funerals on Long Island because of the 343 lost. God Bless and Rest their souls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A life changing selection

    As a current firefighter I found this book answered many of my questions I had about the events surrounding the World Trade Center's collapse. Coming from a firefighting family, the events of that day are talked about often around my house. This book gave me a better understanding of what it was like in those times of distress. Richard Picciotto give examples that he encountered that day and it had a very emotional toll on me because of the way I can realate to the feeling of losing loved ones in fire situations. This is by far the best book I have ever read relating to firefighting and will continue to be my number one of all time for a great while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Tear-Jerker and Insight

    Even though I am an EMT-Basic from Michigan, this book brings tears to my eyes every time I read it because this book shows how human we all are and that they had hope when a lot of things had conspired against them. I think that it also shows that no matter what, firefighters show a lot of compassion in a world where public safety personnel are sometimes seen as idiots and jerks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Firefighters view

    I am currently a firefighter In Rhode Island And I read this book many of times because I was so impressed in how this cheif wrote this book..It explains how many firefighters feel and act when responding to a call... I highly recommend this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2006

    SWEET

    I am trying to become a Firefighter and i wanted to read some storys. And i came along this book, its great i love it i am reading it for the 6th time it just gets better and better each time you read it . It good for people that are wanting to be a firefighter it puts you right in there its great please get it and read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    The view from inside the collapsing North Tower

    Richard Picciotto, an experienced FDNY batallion commander, had worked his way up to the 35th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the South Tower collapsed. Here he describes what it was like for him and his men to evacuate the building and rescue numerous people--until the North Tower came down around them. Picciotto--'Pitch'--was one of the lucky few to survive the World Trade Center destruction to live and tell about it. His insider view and slightly salty language help turn the horrific disaster into a personalized and engrossing page-turner. Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    The terrorist  attacks of 9/11 are the worst event on American s

    The terrorist  attacks of 9/11 are the worst event on American soil and yet so many people know little to nothing about it.  Luckily enough, this book presents a solution to that problem.  Last Man Down by RIchard Picciotto is a memoir about his specific experience and heroism.  Picciotto, also refered to as Pitch, is a high ranking firefighter in the New York Fire Department, or NYFD.  After his time in the department was over, he decided to write a book to share his story with the world.  This book is a great example that service, and helping others is one main reason that our society and our race can survive.

    This memoir provides insight to what was actually happening inside the North Tower not just what we have seen on television.  The shock and awe that these firefighters felt when they were trapped and finally made their  out is conveyed like never before.  Never before did we know that the wreckage was worse the people inside could ever have imagined or the noise with which the towers came down.  This book is truly eye opening and inspiring learning what these brave individuals went through and learning about  mentality of a firefighter because it puts the events into perspective and puts our own problems into perspecitve.  This book made me realize both how small my problems really are and also that there is never a point where a person is able to say that they've helped people too much.  This book has inspired me to be a better person in my community also everwhere in the world because those firefighters were ordinary people like me who went above and beyond.  The firefighters like Picciotto were willing to risk their lives for complete strangers and the rest of us should be willing to do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Super cool

    This book is freaking awesome. I accedently lost my book but the librarian kept it for one night and let another student take it wich is really fustrading cuz i was almost done with the freaking book!!!! Now I have to buy it to finish reading cuz my elar teacher wants a project out of it.......uh-oh (;-;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    How long is this book?

    How long is this book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    this is a great retell of 9-11

    This is a great book. Sometimes the writer goes into much details or repeats himself alot. This book is great otherwise, i would suggest anyone to read this.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended !

    Fantastic writing by a very courageous man !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Very good

    Very good unable to put it dowm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    Into himself

    I hate to say it .. BUT this man wrote this bok for the money .. I have never seen a person so .. into himself . This book was not about how others servived 911 along with him. This book was an opening for a man to brag about HIMSELF !! So sad and so poorly written. You would almost think this man thinks he is the one who saved all of those who servived, HE was GOD. He is way to much into himself !! VERY sad , This man took this oportunity to BASH people ..even the poor guy who was so worried about his dog.. even the people he was there to help and most of all he was so into himself and the fact that he was a "leader" .. By saying over and over again that " I'm IN charge .. all about him, him, him.
    I dont recomend this book to ANYONE !!!! _

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