Anthony Summers (f-61) and Robbyn Swan
Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, new interviews and perspectives coming from a decade of research & reflection, Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan deliver the 1st panoramic, authoritative look at 9/11.
For many Americans, 9/11/2001, is the darkest date in the nation’s history. What exactly happened? Could it have been prevented? How and why did so much acrimony and bad information arise from the ashes of the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field? What remains unresolved? What is certain: Discord and dissent continue to this day.
Beginning with the first brutal actions of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11, The Eleventh Day tracks the sequence of events and introduces the players: pilots, terrorists, passengers and those who died on the ground. Drawing on previously classified records and raw transcripts, Summers and Swan investigate the response of President Bush and the military that day, and the failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. They document the untruths told afterwards by US officials and, as counterpoint, consider the contentions of the 9/11 Truth movement. With meticulous research, they examine the personalities of those behind the onslaught, analyze their motives and expose the US intelligence blunders preceding the attacks. They note how afterwards -without good evidence – the Bush administration tried to link 9/11 to Iraq. Finally, they confront the question that the 9/11 Commission’s report blurred: Were the terrorists backed by powerful figures in a foreign nation long viewed as a friend?
Riveting, revelatory, thoroughly sourced and complete with extensive endnotes, The Eleventh Day is the essential one-volume work on a pivotal event.
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The Eleventh Day was a Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History, and in the UK won the CWA Gold Dagger award for the year’s best non-fiction book on crime.