After two decades, numerous reports, memoirs and commissions, the definitive story of how the US government struggled to react to the attacks on 9/11 is yet to be told — until now.

9/11 was a unique challenge to the USA, a threat from a “rogue actor” that caught the nation utterly unprepared. William Arkin, veteran military and security analyst and commentator, has reconstructed the minute-by-minute narrative of the day as the nation’s airlines, air control systems, military, air force and central government went from a state of absolute confusion and stunned disbelief until they rallied and began to coordinate the largest shut-down of the US from all outsiders. It was a day of absolute heroism and terrible errors, of heartbreaking final messages and incoherent orders, of misunderstandings and brilliant improvisations. It will change the way you see some of the protagonists of that exceptional, terrible day.

Above all, revisiting the intimate details of the day allows Arkin to ask and answer some vital questions: What did we learn from 9/11?  And are we any more likely to be ready if something like it ever happened again? 

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Praise

“A maddening, essential study in misinformation, jingoism, bad intelligence, and other hallmarks of the recent American past.”—Kirkus, Starred Review
“Beginning in the spring of 2001, the CIA repeatedly warned the White House that Osama Bin Laden was planning terror attacks inside the USA. The Bush administration did not nothing. The disaster that unfolded on 9/11— from the first minute of the day through the last — has now been meticulously recorded in Bill Arkin’s new book. If you want to understand what happened, this is the place to start.”—Thomas Powers, author of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda.
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Meet The Author: William M. Arkin

William M. Arkin is an American political commentator, best-selling author, journalist, activist, blogger, and former United States Army soldier. He has previously served as a military affairs analyst for the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the author of several works of non-fiction including  Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World and American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution.

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