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Who Defended The Country?: A New Democracy Forum on Authoritarian versus Democratic Approaches to National Defense on 9/11
Through a minute-by-minute analysis of the phone calls, official reports, responses, and reported actions of passengers on two hijacked flights, United Airlines 93 (which crashed in Pennsylvania) and American Airlines 77 (which crashed into the Pentagon), Elaine Scarry offers a dramatic retelling of their fate and some startling conclusions. Leading off a provocative debat ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Beacon Press
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This book contains a short thesis about national defense in the U.S. made by Elaine Scarry, and several responses to her thesis made by several other people. Scarry's thesis is (very uncharacteristically) sloppily argued. The responses by the other people are either ass-kissing and therefore boring, or attacking, but even when they're attacking, you don't learn anything new.