Last Man Down - Richard Picciotto & Daniel Paisner

Last Man Down

By Richard Picciotto & Daniel Paisner

  • Release Date: 2002-04-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 116 Ratings


A first responder’s harrowing account of 9/11—the true story of an American hero who gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City’s darkest hours.

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.

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  • A book that makes it hard to breathe

    By 1 Banker
    I’ll admit that I had a hard time with this book. The print is much too small. I almost gave up & quit a couple of times. But the real truth is that I simply couldn’t quit reading it. Yes, I knew that this was written by a SURVIVOR. He got out. He made it out of there alive. But I kept the feeling that I needed to be in that hell with him. I NEEDED to hear his story. We all need to remember what went on that hellish day of September 11, 2001. We must remember the terror we felt watching as those planes hit. We must remember the horror of the lives lost. We must hold on to the feelings of togetherness & unity as Americans in the awful days that followed. We must never forget.
  • "The last man down"

    By Paintballr1176
    Awesome read, very humbling!
  • FANTASTIC book!

    By T$b$$
    I had the honor of meeting and hearing Mr. Picciotto speak back in 2002. I then promptly bought the book as soon as it came out. While nothing compares to hearing him tell this story firsthand, the book is impossible to put down; and I am not a bookworm by any means. In three words; a must read.
  • Perfect

    By res15cue
    This book gives you a hole nother meaning to firefighters RIP 343
  • Amazing

    By I want my coffee
    Inspiring and absolutely amazing story!!!
  • Great book.

    By timberland1108
    I am a Firefighter although I can relate to some of these feelings. This book gives you the image of what these men went through and how they stuck with each other. This book gives brotherhood another meaning. Great job. Rip FDNY 343
  • Great Book

    By Forgotaccountgmx
    This is a very well written book. That gives an excellent view from a firefighter.
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