A Year Inside the Nation's Most Exclusive Police Unit
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behind-the-scenes look at the men who protect us from the most
frightening prospect of life in the age of terrorism
mind itís all business; I donít worry about my family, I
about a function that Iím doing after work, I just worry
at hand. And whatís at hand is that package." --Detective
Joe Putkowski, NYPD Bomb Squad
The New York City
Department Bomb Squad is the oldest such squad in the
in 1903. Each year its thirty-three members make more than
stress-filled "bomb runs," in which they check suspicious
defuse hand grenades, and even respond to "art" projects
with real explosives. The public rarely sees these men --
and when they
do, itís usually from a distance, telephoto pictures of helmeted
figures in ninety-pound suits of Kevlar armor.
December 31, 2003, in the heart of the New Yearís Eve action
Square, journalists Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein had
access to the nationís most elite police unit for an entire
often chilling, never-before-told tales from the front line
extraordinary view of the domestic war on terrorism.
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