A View From The Backstep Part 1
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|Author||: J. Kearney|
This ISN'T about me. This isn't my story. It's a chronicle of an earlier era in the FDNY and of those who worked during that era, in an area covered by the 5th, 6th & 7th Divisions of that day, an area that included Harlem and the South Bronx.I've tried to be as honest as possible, as that and earlier eras need to be defended today. Rules were bent, but the job got done and done extremely well. The members were highly professional about the work, but irreverent about everything else. An internal Unit discipline was enforced by a relentless peer pressure.Firehouse humor was intensely politically incorrect, but it was a time when people of different backgrounds, with differing views came together to do a difficult, dangerous, often thankless job. This is an accounting of those very memorable times and the many amazing firefighters who worked them.
|Author||: Mike Foley|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
A veteran fire fighter reflects on the stories and tales told by his brothers and superiors during the famed War Years of the Boston Fire Department, from 1963 to 1983.
|Author||: Paul Hashagen|
Unlike most of the author's previous writings, this book is about more than the New York City Fire Department. Read about fires from history, some that the author has published before, about the courage and bravery of firefighters, and the evolution of their tools. Stories of devastating fires and the heroic efforts of firefirefighters throughout the history of the U.S.
|Author||: Jonathan Riffe|
|Editor||: Mascot Books|
Between 1980 and 2005, a serial arsonist terrorized neighborhoods throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In 2005, Thomas Sweatt was arrested and eventually confessed to over 340 arson-set fires that killed 4 people. Investigators named him the "most prolific and dangerous serial arsonist in American history." Dozens of authors, TV producers, and movie producers tried to contact Thomas in prison but were all unsuccessful. Only Jonathan Riffe was able to break through. For three years, Jonathan wrote and talked regularly to Thomas. This is his story in his wordsa story of arson and murder, law and order, philological deviance, crime and punishment, and the terror of fire. The story of one man.
|Author||: John J. Finucane|
In the South Bronx during the 1960s and 70s, unscrupulous landlords and their torch-men set in motion a murderous wave of arson-for-profit, driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and injuring, maiming, and killing thousands more-including firefighters. Yet New York's mayor consistently refuses to give the fire department the manpower it needs to investigate the arson, and thousands of suspicious fires go uninvestigated. Jackie Mulligan and his brother firefighters stand up to the heartless evil of the slumlords by demanding that the mayor take action. But when the mayor refuses, Mulligan and his men take a stand against the arsonists, putting their jobs-and their lives-on the line. For Mulligan, the fight has become personal. And there will be only one winner. " John Finucane has written a riveting and fast moving novel Not only does he nail the drama in a way only an experienced firefighter can, he literally puts the reader inside the fire scene Reading John Finucane's comprehensive description brought back memories of my admiration for firefighters everywhere." -Charles J. Hynes Kings County District Attorney Former Fire Commissioner of NYC Author of first novel, Triple Homicide "For twenty years John Finucane breathed the acrid smoke, hauled the heavy hoses, and climbed the telescoping ladders for New York City's heroic fire department. He now writes about it from the gut-with verve, power, and poignancy. This is a fireman's fireman, pulling no punches and telling the story of a firefighter in New York's grittiest neighborhoods during the turbulent 1960s and 70s." -Roger D. McGrath, Ph.D. Author, Gunfighters, Highwaymen & Vigilantes Featured Commentator on the History Channel
|Author||: Michael Everett Bown|
|Editor||: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing|
"What Brothers Do" is the true story of two brothers. The first is Captain Patrick Brown, a highly decorated and well respected member of the New York City Fire Department, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11. The second is Michael Brown, a former New York City firefighter and presently a Las Vegas emergency medicine physician. The story takes the reader on Michael 's journey back to New York and Ground Zero in the desperate search for his brother and his experiences through post 9/11 New York. Michael is told by all who knew his brother that if anyone could get out of the Towers alive it would be Patrick. As he slowly loses hope of finding his brother alive, Michael changes his focus and determination to fulfilling his brother 's last wishes.In his attempt to honor Patrick, Michael must work through his anger and grief and overcome serious personal challenges. But, he finds friendship and support in an inner circle of new friends, reconnects with family members and discovers that Patrick 's spirit lives on.ABOUT THE AUTHORMichael Everett Brown, M.D., is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing in Ls Vegas, Nevada, where he resides with his wife Janet and their four dogs. Born and raised in the Now York metropolitan area, he was a volunteer firefighter in Westbury, Long Island, for more than 12 years and a New York City firefighter in Harlem's Engine Company 37 for four years. He is currently a member of the Nevada Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team. In 2001, he received a U.S. Congressional Recognition Award for "selfless acts and commitment to his profession above and beyond the call of duty." He has written two screenplays and is currently working on his third book.
|Author||: Thomas Adcock|
|Editor||: Open Road Media|
A “fast-moving” true account of life in a New York City police station with “a rare understanding of officers involved in extreme situations” (San Diego Sun). Manhattan’s 19th precinct includes more than three dozen foreign consulates and the homes of some of the city’s richest and most powerful citizens, including Gracie Mansion—yet even these wealthy and sophisticated environs aren’t immune to bloodshed, brutality, and various dark dealings. In this book, a police reporter and Edgar Award-winning crime writer describes the day-to-day life of the law enforcement officers who patrol this Upper East Side neighborhood—and know the truth about what goes on behind the facades. “Fast-paced and dramatic . . . an effort that the famous chronicler of police life Joseph Wambaugh might envy.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune “Moving . . . revealing . . . excellent.” —Newsday
|Author||: John Salka|
A veteran FDNY firefighter describes the field-tested management strategies that help commanders lead teams into a raging fire, explaining how the fire department develops loyalty, trust, and grace under pressure and how such principles as "first in, last out" and "develop your people" can be adapted by leaders in any field of endeavor. Reprint.
|Author||: Chris Terrill|
|Editor||: Random House|
Chris Terrill is a man in search of his limit. He's 55 years old. He is not a soldier. He is being trained by the Royal Marines and he is going to Afghanistan. The only difference is that instead of a gun, Chris will be holding a camera and filming the whole ordeal for a major TV series. The Royal Marines Commando training base in Lympstone Devon, has a famous motto: '99.9% need not apply'. Of those who start training, after a very tough selection process, nearly 50% fail to make it through the most gruelling physical tests of any armed forces in the world in an eight month training regime. The elite who do eventually pass out are generally eighteen years old and at the peak of physical condition. But Chris Terrill is the exception: this book will tell of his heroic struggle to become the oldest man to win the coveted Royal Marines Commando Green Beret and enter the record books. And after six months of hell, what next? Chris will follow the raw recruits on a tour to Southern Afghanistan. He will tell the story in book and film of the fears and hopes of the youngsters as they are plunged into one of the planet's most dangerous wars in the outlaw mountain terrain of Helmand Province. He will tell of ferocious battles against the Taliban, of firefights, of jaw-dropping heroism, British sang froid and humour and tragedy as causalities are suffered -- all from the unique perspective of a civilian who has achieved the ultimate accolade: to be accepted as an honorary Royal Marines Commando. Commando is a brilliant account of modern war on the front line.
|Author||: Kevin Hazzard|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.” Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.
|Author||: J. A. Graffagnino|
Finally, the truth is revealed about Manhattans Deutsche Bank building fire. The devastating fire at 130 Liberty Street in the heart of Manhattans financial center a short distance from what was the World Trade Center was one of the worst fires in New York Citys history. Two firefighters were killed, and 105 were injured. One of the firefighters killed during the horrific fire was author Graffagninos son, Joey. Graffagnino refused to believe what high-level government decision makers were telling the public that the fire was an accident. After eight years of relentless research in pursuit of the truth combing through public records and interviewing firefighters on the scene, government officials, informed observers, whistleblowers and eyewitnesses Graffagnino uncovered the truth. The horrific seven-alarm Deutsche Bank building fire was no accident. And all efforts to quell the raging inferno were in vain. The Fix Is In is not based upon a conspiracy theory, opinion or undocumented rumors, but confirmed facts. Graffagnino places blame where it belongs and exposes the people who benefited from the catastrophe. Find out for yourself. Discover the disturbing truth about a calculated and complex conspiracy involving top governmental agencies, corporate leaders and organized crime figures. The Deutsche Bank fire was preventable, said FDNY Captain Simon Ressner. Preventive measures were deliberately sidestepped in the name of ambition and in the name of money.
|Author||: Louisa Luna|
"I'm always looking for a good thriller, and this just was perfect."--Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition “Opening this book is like arming a bomb--the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular. Lead character Alice Vega is sensational--I want to see lots more of her.”--Lee Child "Sensational." Wall Street Journal "A must-read for fans of strong female protagonists.'--Booklist (starred review) As addictive, cinematic, and binge-worthy a narrative as The Wire and The Killing, Two Girls Down introduces Louisa Luna as a thriller writer of immense talent and verve. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied. With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.
|Author||: Alexander McCall Smith|
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. Precious Ramotswe is the eminently sensible and cunning proprietor of the only ladies’ detective agency in Botswana. In Tears of the Giraffe she tracks a wayward wife, uncovers an unscrupulous maid, and searches for an American man who disappeared into the plains many years ago. In the midst of resolving uncertainties, pondering her impending marriage to a good, kind man, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni, and the promotion of her talented secretary (a graduate of the Botswana Secretarial College, with a mark of 97 per cent), she also finds her family suddenly and unexpectedly increased by two.
|Author||: Jonathan Fields|
Jonathan Fields knows the risks-and potential power-of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer. Then, married with a 3-month old baby, he signed a lease to launch a yoga center in the heart of New York City. . . the day before 9/11. But he survived, and along the way he developed a fresh approach to transforming uncertainty, risk of loss, and exposure to judgment into catalysts for innovation, creation, and achievement. Properly understood and harnessed, fear and uncertainty can become fuel for creative genius rather than sources of pain, anxiety, and suffering. In business, art, and life, creating on a world-class level demands bold action and leaps of faith in the face of great uncertainty. But that uncertainty can lead to fear, anxiety, paralysis, and destruction. It can gut creativity and stifle innovation. It can keep you from taking the risks necessary to do great work and craft a deeply-rewarding life. And it can bring companies that rely on innovation grinding to a halt. That is, unless you know how to use it to your advantage. Fields draws on leading-edge technology, cognitive-science and ancient awareness-focusing techniques in a fresh, practical, non-dogmatic way. His approach enables creativity and productivity on an entirely different level and can turn the once-tortuous journey into a more enjoyable quest. Fields will reveal how to: Make changes to your workflow that unlock buried creative potential. Build "creation hives" -- supportive groups that can supercharge and humanize the process. Tap social technology and user co-creation to add clarity, certainty, and sanity, even if you're an artist or solo-creator. Develop a set of personal practices and mindset shifts that let you not just tolerate, but invite and even amplify, uncertainty as a catalyst for genius. Drawing on extensive case studies and research, Fields shares a set of detailed personal practices and environmental changes that can not only humanize the creative process, but also allow individuals and teams to stay more open to opportunity and play a bigger creative game.
|Author||: Thomas Dunne|
In a 33-year career with the New York City Fire Department, Tom Dunne fought hundreds of fires, survived near death incidents, crawled down burning hallways, met unforgettable characters, and witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack. From working in glittering mid-Manhattan high-rises to squalid ghetto tenements, he saw how people in crisis lived and survived and how the firefighters who served them worked and bonded. Exploring both the positive and controversial aspects of being a firefighter, this no-holds barred memoir provides an honest account of an unusual occupation that outsiders seldom get to see.
|Author||: Adam Gidwitz|
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.