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Halberstam, David. Firehouse.

Hyperion. 201p. c2002. 0-7868-8851-2. $14.00. JSA*

In the developing bibliography of titles on 9/ 11, David Halberstam has crafted a poignant. journalistic tale about the experiences of Engine 40, Ladder 35, from the West Side of Manhattan. In a direct, concise style, the reader is intimately treated to the heart and soul of this unit, which lost 12 out of 13 firefighters. We meet the individuals, we understand their devotion to their work, and we contemplate the grave danger that they face each time their trucks race to a fire. The details of the morning of September 11th are familiar, but the personal stories humanize the trauma and loss. The aftermath of searching Ground Zero, the funeral services and the strength of the firefighters' families are a tribute to America. This slim, powerful volume should be required reading for incoming high school students. Nancy Zachary, YA Libn., Scarsdale PL., Scarsdale, NY
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Author:Zachary, Nancy
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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