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The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation

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In a work of history that will make headlines, New York Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of most important federal commission since the the Warren Commission. Shenon uncovers startling new information about the inner workings of the 9/11 Commission and its relationship with the Bush White House. The Commission w ...more
Published February 5th 2008 by Twelve (first published 2008)
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Will Byrnes
The 9/11 Commission has never received the sort of attention that was paid to the Warren Commission, but maybe it should have. Philip Shenon, a long time reporter with the New York Times, dig some digging, and what he found should come as no shock and awe to anyone who paid attention to the behavior of the administration in question. The details are significant, and telling.

There is much here that impeaches the 9/11 commission. Phillip Zelikow was a close associate and advisor to Condoleeza Ric
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism, 9-11
Governmental inquiries are a gift for historians. They usually take place soon after an event, when memories are freshest and untainted; they are usually imbued with subpoena power, to compel witnesses and evidence; and, most importantly, they require witnesses to testify under oath, with the penalty of perjury hanging about their heads. Thanks to the internet, you can now download all the porn in the world read many of these reports online, for free. Thus, you get access to valuable compendiums ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 09, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: citizens of the USA
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
There were two governmental commissions which researched and delivered reports about the events of 9/11. The first was congressional. The second was supposedly 'independent', but mandated by congress, albeit with a pitifully small budget. This book is by a NY Times reporter who covered the latter. Based on very many interviews, The Commission reveals the inner workings of the research staff and some of what was left out of their final report.

Though mildly expressed, clear rosters of good and bad
Apr 15, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in 9/11, current events fans
Ok I admit it, he's preaching to the choir. And this REALLY reinforced the negative feelings I have for our current administration (or maybe I should say "the current administration" as I don't want to claim them in any way).

Condi should be mortified. My God, this is appalling. This book, along with the recent news that she was among those who approved each separate method of torture that we have practiced, just makes me incredibly disgusted and ashamed.

I admit I have always wanted there to be
Michele Weiner
Nov 26, 2009 Michele Weiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, though frustrating. The man who was in charge of the real work of the Commission was a good friend of one of the primary malfeasants, Condoleeza Rice. It was he who worked with her during the Bush transition to demote the cabinet-level Clinton terrorism czar, Richard Clarke. He nudged the new administration away from al Qaeda and toward the doctrine of preemptive war that landed us in Iraq before disappearing back into academia. He was autocratic and biased, and took every opportunity ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will leave you angry. There are two kinds of conspiracy theories on 9/11- the first posits that the US government, or the Isrealis or some combination of them and others or aliens flew the planes or set charges underneath or used space rays or whatever. People who espouse these theories should wear tinfoil hats.

The second type of conspiracy theory is the kind that believes that 9/11 was the result of terrorists who hate us, who flew planes into buidlings. These people believe that this
May 12, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping expose reads like a Robert Ludlum novel, chipping away at all the gritty details behind the 9/11 Commission's search for answers behind the terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, it's not a novel and reveals the full extent of the Bush White House's refusal to cooperate, the unbelievable disinterest of Condoleeza Rice to fulfill her duties as Security Advisor, and the politicking and bitterness among members of the commission and the 9/11 victims' families. A fascinating read and a must for ...more
Not something I planned to read - saw it in the store and started to skim the first chapter which discussed Sandy Berger's visits to the National Archives to review material in preparation for testominy to the 9/11 commission. These visits eventually resulted in his being caught removing classified documents from the Archives. This chapter just grabbed my attention and I couldn't stop reading - so I bought the book.
The book, by an author who is a Washington DC based reported for the New York Tim
Wow. I recognize that I was going through a divorce during much of the investigation of the 9/11 Commission, but I kept thinking "How did I not know this was going on?" It seems, though, that that was the point - we were meant to not know this was going on. We were meant to not know that the White House was obstructing, that the executive director of the Commission was in cahoots with Rice and Rove, that no one was looking at the NSA's files. I understand that it was important to have a unified ...more
Jeffrey Hart
This is a pretty good book about the "back story" for the 9/11 Commission. It focuses particularly on the role of Philip Zelikow, the chief staff member of the Commission, as a former friend and colleague of Condoleezza Rice, in blunting criticisms of members of the Bush administration. But it also give Zelikow credit for his writing skills and general management of the Commission's work. I learned a lot about a number of side stories, such as the theft of classified documents by Samuel Berger, ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally the lack of a definite timeline in the book would bother me, but it didn't bother me here in the slightest. This was a masterwork on differing versions of the truth, shades of the truth and how people interpret the same things very differently. It was also a damning indictment of the epic finger pointing that went on after 9/11.
Aug 15, 2014 SkipO rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable book, altho, it has left me angry, frustrated and depressed.
Author did a very good job articulating the entire story.
Is it a wonder anymore why people are staying away from voting?
It reinforces my feeling about all politicians...they're only in it for THEMSELVES and the hell with the public who voted them in!!
Anup Sinha
Dec 18, 2015 Anup Sinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this audio book and it certainly shed light on the 9/11 Commission for me. I walked away disappointed that the final report was much watered down and politicized but even more disappointed by the findings of ineptitude and unethical cover-ups by so many government officials including at the very top. This book is really just about the commission's working and not on the actual events and genesis, so much, of the Worst Day. I would have liked more explanation or research into the motive ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Myra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to my brother-in-law, I'm obsessed with 9/11 right now, especially the conspiracy theories. But I figured I needed to read some of the 'official' books. At first, I didn't think I was going to make it through this book--so many names to remember-both of people and of organizations and of documents. But once I got past the need to remember exactly who or what every single thing was, I got engrossed. A very fascinating read about what the commission discovered, as well as an interesting loo ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Collin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's be very clear here: this is not a '9/11 was an inside job' book. In fact, the author nicely debunks that notion in a single page just to get the point over with.

Rather, this is an examination of how utterly frustrating it was for all the members of the 9/11 Commission to get any of the information they needed to make their report. Due to internal interests, bureaucracy, and personal drama, every file, report and interview had to be fought for without any idea on how helpful they will be on
Mar 15, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historians and other necrophilliacs
Shelves: nonfiction
Shenon's book documents the petty politicking, the brutal incompetence, and back hall dealings of the 9/11 commission's struggle to root out findings and document in a report, the circumstances and failures, that lead to the world trade center attacks.

Shadowed by the one of the most angry and spiteful administrations in the history of our Country, the commission is often seen lobbing softballs at chain-link fences, instead of attacking them with wire cutters.

Still the book is a fine piece of h
Reinhard Sokol
May 01, 2014 Reinhard Sokol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without really touching the darker sides of what 9/11 might still become one day when the history of the early 21st century will be written, the book offers a well researched astonishing presentation of the failures, cover-ups, and potential criminality that was acted out inside a wide circle of people in power during the era of the Bush/Cheney regime. Especially the actions of Philip Zelikow and Condolezza Rice become clear and get the treatment they deserve. And the opening part on Sandy Berge ...more
Feb 29, 2008 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the 9/11 Commission Report this is another book all Americans should read. This tells the story of what was left out of the final 9/11 report and why. After reading the original commission's report (a 500-plus page book), it was obvious that while agencies like the FBI and CIA were criticized, no blame whatsoever was assigned to individuals in charge--notably Clinton, Bush, Tenet, Cheney, Rice etc. The Commission: The Uncensored History doesn't hold back, and points fingers at those respon ...more
Jun 04, 2008 charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book, I wanted to smash things I was so angry... i was not angry at the book, but at the sad, pathetic people at the center of the story... the story was so anti- the bush administration that i was concerned that it was overly biased, but after doing some research, i now realize that reporter has done an incredible job. I will leave the politics debate for another forum, but an impeccably researched book which is paced brilliantly... couldnt put it down.
ej cullen
Interesting explanation of the 9/11 Investigation. FBI comes in for most of the criticism, with Condie and Tenet not far behind. Seems, too, a lot more evidence came out during their investigation that Saudi Arabia and Iran had a lot closer ties and verifiable contacts with the 9/11 perpetrators and to Bin Laden that anyone in Iraq had. All in all, a lot of shabby performances all around, including Rudy, despite his being out front and rallying the city.
Rodrigo Garcia Galindo
Fuck you, Philip D. Zelikow.
Apr 03, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book on how the Bush Administration controlled the 9/11 Commission report. Not a conspiracy theory. Just well written documentation of actual events that were covered up well. Reads like a good detective novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the events of 9/11 or hates the Bush Administration (adds more fuel to the inferno).
Nov 17, 2008 Coloringbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for people who were fascinated and glued to the TV during Watergate. Although the Bush Administration was far more destructive than Nixon ever was. I found it a fast read, and for me it had the quality of a spy/gangster/mystery novel. Of course I got scared reading All the President's Men too.:) And I felt really smart after I read it.
Alec Gray
Mar 25, 2008 Alec Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read about the formation and functioning about the 9/11 commission. Well after the fact we are learning how much the Bush administration covered up its culpability in failing to potentially stop 9/11. They did a good job in thwarting the investigation that should have resulted in their election loss in 2004.
Jun 02, 2016 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Another fantastic non-fiction book to add to your collection if you are interested in consipracy theories and the craziness of the Bush administration. A well-researched and well-written book that lays out on the table to sheer lunacy of the 'independent 9/11 commission'.
Maggie Hall
Jan 12, 2009 Maggie Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very interesting and demoralizing. I read all but the last two chapters as it became increasingly clear that deception and blame on Capital Hill kept real fact finding from taking place. Left me wondering a lot about Condi Rice.
John Barth
Jul 22, 2008 John Barth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, very disturbing.

This calls for another 9/11 Commission after the next president comes to more classified stuff can be unclassified and we can get closer to the story.

Excellent reporting.
Dec 09, 2015 Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a truly amazing book. It delved deep into the murky history of the 9/11 Commission and corrupt politicians. I loved it and I couldn't wait to finish it and I couldn't put it down.
David Snashall
Jun 12, 2014 David Snashall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this might be tough going, but it wasnt and I quite enjoyed it. Short chapters and captured some human drama of the commission proceedings.
Mary Frances
Full and informative, but rare forme, I just ran out of steam. It may be Bushfailure-fatigue. How many such books can a person read in her lifetime?
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