Last Man Down
1) Picciotto, Richard, and Daniel Paisner. Last Man Down. New York, New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2002. 1-243. A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center. This book is a firsthand account of what it was like to be inside the North Tower and knowing that the 100 stories above you were crashing down upon you. Last Man Down begins with a brief introduction that leads into a listing of all 343 firefighters who died that day – it goes on for pages.
2) All the Firefighters who were there during that horrific attack, each related back to the local government. Firefighter’s can work for any government. There are federal, state and local firefighters. The federal government for example, employs firefighters in national parks as do some states in state parks. Also every firefighter risks their lives to help save others.
3) FDNY Battalion commander Richard Piccotto was the person who particularly interested me as I read he’s story. This book takes the horrible story of September 11, 2001 to a new level of understanding. This changed my whole field- from watching and hearing about the horrible event on television- to actually getting the perspective from someone inside the flaming debris field. Every page is filled with a heart-pounding and a heart-wrenching moment. To have to choose one particular incident that stuck out to me the most would defiantly be hard to decide.
4) The major theme/historical event that was covered is this book was, the September 11, 2001 Terrorists attack of the World Trade Center in New York City. The attacks had a significant economic impact on United States and world markets. As a result of the attacks, many governments across the world passed legislation to combat terrorism. As of today, that day still lives in infamy and changed us forever.
5) FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto, or "Pitch" as he is called, tells his tale in a conversational...
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