By Richard Esposito, Ted Gerstein
An extraordinary behind-the-scenes examine the boys who defend us from the main scary prospect of existence within the age of terrorism.
"In my brain it's all company; I don't fear approximately my family members, I don't fear a few functionality that I'm doing after paintings, I simply fear approximately what's to hand. And what's handy is that package." --Detective First Grade Joe Putkowski, NYPD Bomb Squad
The big apple urban Police division Bomb Squad is the oldest such squad within the state, based in 1903. every year its thirty-three participants make greater than 200 stress-filled "bomb runs," within which they money suspicious briefcases, defuse hand grenades, or even reply to "art" tasks developed with actual explosives. the general public hardly ever sees those males -- and after they do, it's often from a distance, telephoto photographs of helmeted figures in ninety-pound fits of Kevlar armor.
Starting on December 31, 2003, within the middle of the recent Year's Eve motion in occasions sq., reporters Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein had unique entry to the nation's such a lot elite police unit for a complete yr. Their usually chilling, never-before-told stories from front line supply a unprecedented view of the household conflict on terrorism.
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Over and above the view of literature as inherently self-questioning, I should make it clear that while it matters that the biographical texts considered should narrate the lives of people who really lived, the literary status of the written biography is largely irrelevant to my concerns: the question of literature here will not primarily be a question about the literary character of any given biographical text. Neither is there any need for the biographical subject to be a writer. Although several of the cases I shall discuss are generally regarded as being part of the literary canon, and although I shall be looking at a number of texts in which the biographical subject is indeed a writer, these factors might best be considered as contributing to a focus on the issue of literariness, without, however, being necessary to that project.
Nevertheless, this collision would not have been possible without what went before, and I shall therefore prepare the ground by brieﬂy mapping out the parallel paths that literature and biography took prior to this point, and outline the pre-history of their relations. As I have already indicated, the distinctiveness of the literary ﬁeld was achieved partly as a result of authorial biography, and in what follows I shall be looking at the particular forms that these biographies took in the two centuries that preceded the invention of the term biography itself.
Exemplarity continues to inform biography, if only as the reason for selecting a given biographical subject or in the relation between narrator and protagonist, which is implicitly one of admiration or celebration. To this I would add a further feature of biography that contributes to its pragmatic capacity, and that is its liminality. Biography is traditionally a liminal genre: it is, in the broadest sense, a textual coda to a lived existence; and, as I have just said, it has also operated traditionally as a device preparing its readers for improvement in their own lives.
Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation's Most Exclusive Police Unit by Richard Esposito, Ted Gerstein