Book Review: Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11
June 16, 2008
September 11, 2001 is a day that will be forever etched into the minds of almost every American. It’s a day that most of us will never forget, a day that changed so many things in our country and in the world. For some people, September 11, 2001 changed their entire life forever.
When we think of that fateful day, most of us immediately think of the World Trade Center in New York City. Most of us give little thought to the many people who were killed and injured at the Pentagon and in that lonely field in Pennsylvania. We’ve often heard the conspiracy theories about the Pentagon, people claiming that there never was a plane that slammed into the building killing and severly injuring hundreds of innocent people.
In their book, Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11, Patrick Creed and Rick Newman tell the story of that day, from the moments right before the plane slammed into the building, to the weeks following. They tell the story of countless Heroes, firefighters, police officers, Paramedics, as well as Soldiers and civilians working inside the Pentagon, as this tragedy unfolded.
Eyewittness accounts of the moments following the tragedy, of very ordinary men and women who risked their own lives to save the lives of friends and collegues at the Pentagon. The authors tell the personal stories of the firefighters and rescuers, as they fought to save lives and save the parts of the Pentagon that were undamaged by the plane, yet were at risk due to the rapidly spreading fire, that was sparked by jet fuel that spewed from the plane upon impact. The story is one that needed to be told and Creed and Newman do a fine job, portraying the thoughts and feelings of the men and women who spent countless hours at the scene and the horror and trauma that they encountered, all the while fighting to ensure that the cornerstone of the U.S. national security command structure remain intact and operational. The challenges faced in the aftermath, at times seem overwhelming, yet the pride and dedication of the workers on the scene, drove them on, even when there was no chance of pulling any more survivors from the wreckage.
Firefight provides the reader with close and personal look at what these men and women faced that day and some of the demons that they have to deal with as a result of that day. If you want an upclose and personal look as the events unfolded at the Pentagon and what was a stake as those events unfolded, this book is a must read. It’s a book that will cause a wide range of emotions. From anger at the murders who commited these attacks that day, to awe and pride at the courage and dedication of the Heroes who set aside their day to day lives, in order to save the lives of the numerous victims in the Pentagon. It’s a book that you won’t regret reading, one that will give you a much better understanding of the chaos that occurred that day and the days following. This book is an important documentation to an event that will live in our Country’s history. It’s a must read, for anyone who wants to know what happened at the Pentagon that day.