The Eleventh Day by Robbyn Swan Anthony Summers

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...by insisting that the remaining questions have greater significance than those for which we know the answers, journalists and scholars can create endless fodder for themselves. As we approach the 10th anniversary of that fateful day, The Eleventh Day is but one full story. It is a good account of the state of our understanding to date.
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With access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan have written the most complete and definitive account of 9/11 we may ever read. For millions in the West, September 11, 2001 is the darkest day in living memory. The terrible attacks in America sent a shock around the world that reverberates to this day. Ten years on, Osama bin Laden is dead, but the questions remain. What exactly happened on 9/11? Could it have been prevented? How and why did so much acrimony and bad information arise from the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a quiet field in Pennsylvania? And what remains unresolved? "The Eleventh Day" investigates the response of President Bush and the U.S. military, and the failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. It documents the inaccurate official stories told afterwards, considers the contentions of the '9/11 Truth' movement, analyses the motives behind the onslaught, exposes the blunders by U.S. intelligence before the attacks, and notes how the Bush administration tried groundlessly to link Iraq to 9/11. And the book confronts the question the 9/11 Commission failed to answer: were the terrorists backed by powerful figures in other foreign nations? Riveting, revelatory and unforgettable, "The Eleventh Day" is the essential one-volume work on a pivotal episode in our history.
 

About Robbyn Swan Anthony Summers

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Anthony Summers, a former BBC journalist, is the author of six bestselling books, including "The File of the Tsar," on the fate of the Romanovs; "Not in Your Lifetime," on the assassination of President Kennedy; "Official and Confidential," on J. Edgar Hoover; and "The Arrogance of Power," on Richard Nixon. He won the Golden Dagger, the Crime Writers' Association's top nonfiction award, for "Not in Your Lifetime." Robbyn Swan worked with Summers on the Hoover and Nixon biographies, and both authors have contributed to Vanity Fair and PBS's Frontline. They are married, have five children between them, and live in Ireland.
 
Published January 1, 2011 by Random House Export. 624 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences.
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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Sep 18 2012

...a highly readable overview of everything we know so far. If it is not strictly definitive, it is because so much information remains classified.

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Reviewed by Tod Hoffman on Sep 09 2011

...by insisting that the remaining questions have greater significance than those for which we know the answers, journalists and scholars can create endless fodder for themselves. As we approach the 10th anniversary of that fateful day, The Eleventh Day is but one full story. It is a good account of the state of our understanding to date.

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