July 1, 2004
July 1, 2004
This authorized edition of the Commission's final report on the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 traces the rise of the new global terrorism, as well as detailing the meetings and recommendations made by the bipartisan panel established in 2002. Appendices include names of US officials and others involved, and summaries of the dozen public hearings. This provocative historical record includes chronologies of the doomed flights and substantial reference notes, but lacks an index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This is the final, official report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, which was created to look into the events of September 11, 2001--and to examine this nation's preparedness and response. Here are the findings of what happened and what should be done about it. The report includes narrative accounts of the events on the four airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania, along with background on how the terrorists planned and carried out their attacks. It provides an analysis of Osama bin Laden's appeal to terror and of the growth of al Qaeda. And it recounts a chain of prior acts of terror against the US abroad as well as the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center in New York. All of these accounts are sobering, terrifying, and in their detail, fascinating. The report recounts the many heroic exploits of first responders and citizens that day, and it assigns both praise and blame to a host of government agencies at all levels, but especially the FBI and the CIA. The conclusions and the recommendations of the panel are presented in two final sections: What to Do, and How to Do It. Their suggestions include specific policy changes on the global scale, including an effort to "engage the struggle of ideas," a restructuring of systems such as airport screening, and a reorganization within the government that would include newly defined roles for the FBI. Most notably, the report recommends the establishment of a new, cabinet-level post of National Intelligence Director. This report and its notes make deeply absorbing reading, and do honor to the efforts of the families who lost loved ones on that terrible, terrible day, and who fought for this search for truth in the face of a great deal of government reluctance at every step of the process. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.
- Genre: History, Current Affairs
- Subgenre: United States / General, American
- Language: English
- Author: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States
- Online Item #: 12083840
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-2790
- ISBN: 9780393326710
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported