Without Precedent by Thomas H. Kean
The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission

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The untold story of how the 9/11 Commission overcame partisanship and bureaucracy to produce its acclaimed report.

From the beginning, the 9/11 Commission found itself facing obstacles — the Bush administration blocked its existence for months, the first co-chairs resigned right away, the budget was limited, and a polarized Washington was suspicious of its every request. Yet despite these long odds, the Commission produced a bestselling report unanimously hailed for its objectivity, along with a set of recommendations that led to the most significant reform of America’s national security agencies in decades. This is a riveting insider’s account of Washington at its worst — and its best.

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About Thomas H. Kean

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Thomas H. Kean was governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990, and from 1990 until 2005 he was the president of Drew University. He has served on numerous national committees and commissions, and has worked tirelessly for over a quarter century on behalf of environmental and educational organizations. He lives in Bedminster, New Jersey.Lee H. Hamilton is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was a congressman representing Indiana’s Ninth District from 1965 to 1999, during which time he was chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and chair of the Joint Economic Committee. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Published August 15, 2006 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Still, built-in flaws and all, the committee set about doing its work as best it could, and it was surprised to discover the depth of detail that 9/11 families commanded (“Why was the CIPRIS system not used to track foreign students after it was recommended by the National Commission on Terrorism...

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“At one point,” Hamilton and Kean note, “we were told that even the president of the United States did not know where these top Al Qaeda detainees were.” The commission decided to appeal Tenet’s denial, but once again the commissioners came up against Gonzales and his stonewalling.

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A follow-up "report card" issued when the commission's report was complete gave generally mediocre grades on implementing its 41 recommendations.

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Entertainment Weekly

The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission recount the group's work, focusing largely on its investigation and the balancing of competing interests: victims' families, the White House, Congress, the intelligence community, and the general public.

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