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Rendered Safe centers on the remarkable life of former NYPD Bomb Squad Detective Donald Sadowy. In the aftermath of the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States to that point, Sadowy risked his life to search for evidence in the shattered and dangerous sub-basement. There, he discovered a piece of chassis frame th Rendered Safe centers on the remarkable life of former NYPD Bomb Squad Detective Donald Sadowy. In the aftermath of the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States to that point, Sadowy risked his life to search for evidence in the shattered and dangerous sub-basement. There, he discovered a piece of chassis frame that contained a VIN number which enabled law enforcement to catch the perpetrators just in time. The massive investigation and recovery effort that followed is revealed through Sadowy’s recollections as well as those of a number of other law enforcement agents, many never before told. The World Trade Center bombing, designed to topple the Twin Towers, presaged 9/11. On that day, Sadowy defied overwhelming odds to survive being buried alive under the rubble of the collapsed North Tower. In Forrest Gump-like fashion, during his career Sadowy was an astounding magnet for many other significant events and persons. He served for two years as personal bodyguard for U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. During his 16 years in the NYPD Bomb Squad, he was involved in the Abortion Bomber case, the investigation of TWA flight 800, global intelligence missions, the handling of a multitude of improvised explosive devices, and the protection of key global figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Fidel Castro. At the end of his career, while serving in the U.S. Marshal’s office, Sadowy interacted with notables such as John Gotti Jr. Based on extensive and exclusive interviews with a wide range of officials, Rendered Safe takes the reader into the life of a bomb technician and provides a tour of many of the most noteworthy events of recent decades.


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Rendered Safe centers on the remarkable life of former NYPD Bomb Squad Detective Donald Sadowy. In the aftermath of the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States to that point, Sadowy risked his life to search for evidence in the shattered and dangerous sub-basement. There, he discovered a piece of chassis frame th Rendered Safe centers on the remarkable life of former NYPD Bomb Squad Detective Donald Sadowy. In the aftermath of the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States to that point, Sadowy risked his life to search for evidence in the shattered and dangerous sub-basement. There, he discovered a piece of chassis frame that contained a VIN number which enabled law enforcement to catch the perpetrators just in time. The massive investigation and recovery effort that followed is revealed through Sadowy’s recollections as well as those of a number of other law enforcement agents, many never before told. The World Trade Center bombing, designed to topple the Twin Towers, presaged 9/11. On that day, Sadowy defied overwhelming odds to survive being buried alive under the rubble of the collapsed North Tower. In Forrest Gump-like fashion, during his career Sadowy was an astounding magnet for many other significant events and persons. He served for two years as personal bodyguard for U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. During his 16 years in the NYPD Bomb Squad, he was involved in the Abortion Bomber case, the investigation of TWA flight 800, global intelligence missions, the handling of a multitude of improvised explosive devices, and the protection of key global figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Fidel Castro. At the end of his career, while serving in the U.S. Marshal’s office, Sadowy interacted with notables such as John Gotti Jr. Based on extensive and exclusive interviews with a wide range of officials, Rendered Safe takes the reader into the life of a bomb technician and provides a tour of many of the most noteworthy events of recent decades.

38 review for Rendered Safe: Tales of an NYPD Bomb Tech

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Caveat - I received this Kindle e-book as a Goodreads Give Away. There's a lot going on in this book. It's a pretty easy read, with lots of adventure in the bomb department of NYC Police. It really smacks of being the result of lots of people saying, "you should write a book!". Donald Sadowy is a real hero, as told in the pages of this book. He's been in on some of the most troubling events in recent American history, including TWA Flight 800 and the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in t Caveat - I received this Kindle e-book as a Goodreads Give Away. There's a lot going on in this book. It's a pretty easy read, with lots of adventure in the bomb department of NYC Police. It really smacks of being the result of lots of people saying, "you should write a book!". Donald Sadowy is a real hero, as told in the pages of this book. He's been in on some of the most troubling events in recent American history, including TWA Flight 800 and the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in the parking garage. I knew that was a horrific blast, but the description in this book really put the power of the explosion in perspective. If you're a police enthusiast, and want to read about police heroism and good guys doing good things, this is an appropriate choice. The weaknesses in the book are primarily centered around the writing. The frequent use of quotations, and jumping between quotes and narrative becomes confusing. It seems to be written from first person, but then is suddenly "about" Sadowy. There are also some odd sentence constructions that require the reader to stop and re-read, trying to decipher the meaning.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. This book follows the life of Donald Sadowy beginning with his childhood, through his enlistment in the Marine Corps, his work as in security in the UN, his work in the NYPD to joining the bomb squad. He seems to have been involved in many of the most famous cases in NYC involving bombings, including the first World Trade Center bombing. Later as a security consultant, he was present during the second WTC bombing (911). A Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. This book follows the life of Donald Sadowy beginning with his childhood, through his enlistment in the Marine Corps, his work as in security in the UN, his work in the NYPD to joining the bomb squad. He seems to have been involved in many of the most famous cases in NYC involving bombings, including the first World Trade Center bombing. Later as a security consultant, he was present during the second WTC bombing (911). A very interesting life, filled with service to his community and country. I enjoyed this book tremendously, and would recommend it highly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I won this book from goodreads giveaway.did not realize was an e book format I haven't used my device in a long time so it took me awhile to read..i must say was an interesting read just not my regular read. Gonna lens it to mt brother in law who is Philadelphia PD and ibam gonna to reread it again will give another review too I won this book from goodreads giveaway.did not realize was an e book format I haven't used my device in a long time so it took me awhile to read..i must say was an interesting read just not my regular read. Gonna lens it to mt brother in law who is Philadelphia PD and ibam gonna to reread it again will give another review too

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Great read

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