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The result of months of intensive investigations and inquiries by a specially appointed bipartisan panel, The 9/11 Commission Report is one of the most important historical documents of the modern era. And while that fact alone makes it worth owning, it is also a chilling and valuable piece of nonfiction: a comprehensive and alarming look at one of the biggest intelligence failures in history and the events that led up to it. The commission traces the roots of al-Qaeda's strategies along with the emergence of the 19 hijackers and how they entered the United States and boarded airplanes. It details the missed opportunities of law enforcement officials to avert disaster. Using transcripts of cockpit voice recordings, the report describes events on board the planes along with the chaotic reaction on the ground from nearly every level of government. Going forward, the commission calls for a comprehensive overhaul of what it sees as a deeply flawed and disjointed intelligence-gathering operation. The creation of a post for a single National Security Director is recommended, along with the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center. The report finds fault with the approaches of both the Clinton and Bush administrations but, because they were a bipartisan panel and the problems described are so systemic and far-reaching, they stop short of assigning blame to any particular person or group. Credit must be given to how readable the report is. At more than 500 pages, the writing is clear and forceful and the information is made more accessible since it is fre from election politics and rancor. While the commission notes that future attacks are probably inevitable, a coordinated preventive effort along with a clear plan to respond with efficiency can offer Americans some hope in a post-9/11 world. --John Moe
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ISBN-10:  0393326713
ISBN-13:  978-0393326710
Author:  National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company (July 22, 2004)
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Critically important and a duty to read, but woefully inadequate as an explanation of the event. Also, many of the authors have been linked to special interests that cast doubt on their objectivity or motivation.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Long and tedious,but definetely worth reading.
review by . March 07, 2009
The 9/11 Commission has done a superb job of pulling together an extraordinary amount of information to provide the American people a detailed account of the events surrounding the terrorist attacks upon the United States on September 11, 2001. This non-partisan report is even handed and does not cast individual blame for failures leading to the success of the attacks. Instead it talks about systemic problems within our government, especially the intelligence and law enforcement agencies, that hampered …
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