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.