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The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  2,821 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Nearly three thousand people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomac, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil.

In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission o
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2004)
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Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conspiracy theorists whove never actually read the damn thing.
Shelves: history
Stunning and informative and depressing and scary. It is hard to say what is more unnerving about the revelations of this tome; that so many conspiracy theories persist, or that the true lessons of it seem to have gone completely unheeded by both sides of the political divide. One startling implication of the report is the freezing effect the Republican campaign to impeach Bill Clinton hindered our ability to get Bin Laden. Many times, apparently, opportunities were halted for political reasons, ...more
There's not a whole lot to say on this report as there quite frankly is not a whole lot to the report. This is one of the worst pieces of "investigative committee work" that I have ever seen. They provide NO alternate viewpoints to the questions that so many are asking as to the holes in the official version. The complete collapse of building 7 is not even mentioned, and the report reads like a work of fiction, which in many cases one is compelled to believe that it is. This book and this report ...more
I decided to read this book after some of the hype died down surrounding its release. I also wanted to have a little more perespective as 9/11 was such a nationally traumatic event (even when you live in Phoenix and have never visited New York). The report starts off with an insanely dramatic recounting of the events of the morning of Septemeber 11th, 2001. Nearly every sentence has a footnote listing the commission's source for the information conveyed in that sentence (which all you "Loose Cha ...more
I think every American should read this or at least listen to the audio CD at least once in their lives, even the conspiracy theorists. There is a reason this report was a finalist for the National Book Award, it is a staggeringly skillful enunciation of the back story to 9/11. Although, because this is a government panel, blame on other government officials is not dealt with much. Rather, the commission recommends broad institutional changes in our government (many of which have been heeded). S ...more
Merritt O'Boyle
Be prepared for a long read. At 428 pages, it's a bit of a doozy, but I felt it was important for me to read this.

Overall, it's fascinating. Some parts were too technical for me (especially towards the end, it discusses restructuring of government entities, and I just lacked some of the knowledge and/or interest to find it totally understandable). Some parts were difficult to read. Some parts were frustrating. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, and we must remember that while a lot of the fa
Can you really have an informed opinion on historical/political events that have taken place since 9/11 without reading the commission report? No.
Jul 31, 2007 Jojo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to know more about why and how it happened
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is an incredibly good read considering the genre (committee report). Keeping track of all the names is harder than reading War and Peace and I hope that one day they'll publish and indexed version so that it would be easier to go back and link up people with their various roles in the plot and its aftermath. Compelling, scary, instructive, but also makes you wonder what isn't in there that we also ought to know.

Reading this while I was also watching 24 on DVD was an interesting study i
2 stars.The report has been informative and has pointed out many flaws in the failure of both intelligence; the pre-planning being the focal cause of the worst intelligence failure of the century, and security, also questioning the reader of who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Moreover, yet learning a lot about 9/11 from other sources(News, Documentaries, books etc) there was a lot of contradiction I found in the book. Additionally some facts discovered from other sources were more likely ...more
As far as I can tell, this is a thoroughly researched narrative of the events leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Also, it is straight-forward and surprisingly readable. I am impressed that the commission was able to issue a unanimous report. Certainly there are holes in the research, but if you are interested in the full the story of 9/11, this is a good place to start.
Jeff Kesner
Worth skimming in a library. I own a copy. I like to go back to it every few months just to remind myself of the jaw-dropping casualness of this report. Reminds me that "reality exists independently of opinions about it".
Adam Pope
What was left to read after it was hollowed-out to store my throwing-stars was substandard investigating, political jargon, and black flag waving.
Czarny Pies
Aug 13, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Les gens qui s'interessent au sort des Etats-Unis.
Shelves: american-history
Depuis les attaques terroristes du 11 septembre 2001 beaucoup de livres ont vu le jour dans le but d'exploiter de l'interet public dans l'incident. La meilleur voie a suivre est de lire ce livre qui constitue la versions officielle. Le but de l'auteur n'est pas de profiter financièrement d'une tragédie mais de convaincre le public que la commission sur le 9/11 a fait un travail de recherché tres poussé et que le lecteur puisse etre satisfait que les recommendations de la commission sont bien fon ...more
For a government report, this study is quite thorough, well written and interesting. It covers the 9/11 attacks from the planning phases in the 1990s through the attacks and the aftermath of the attacks in New York and Washington DC.

The first part of this book was about the planning of this attack. It was fascinating to read about the reasons why the Al Qaeda network planned this attack several years before it was carried out. Most fascinating were all of the small places where the plot was on
This is a fascinating read; there are three major things I learned from it.

First, I started reading it about a week before the “Christmas-Day-Panty-Bomber” incident, and it appears that most of the “intelligence failures” that surrounded the 9/11 attacks are still a huge problem, because many of the same things happened (or, more importantly, didn’t happen) with that incident ... five years later.

Second, a huge part of what we know about the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks we learned
This books was written as a report but even so it reads very well and is very interesting. I think that it is important that people read this book to see how complex the events leading up to the attack and the events around the world are. I also think it is an eye opener which shows just how hated the USA is by some other nations. My personal though on this is that they can kiss my butt, were the greatest nation in the history of the world and I could care less what they think. But, its importan ...more
Vicki G
May 07, 2015 Vicki G rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vicki by: One of the FBI officers
Read (to page 300) Okay, so I couldn't read past the part where they describe the actual day in the chapter Heroism and Horror.

The one thing that stayed consistent through the whole book was the fact that everyone in this country turned the death of our loved ones into everything OTHER than the f'ing death of our loved ones; everything from an opportunity to get re-elected and start wars that you make money off of to feeling sorry for cold-blooded killers to god knows what else. Just as long as
Although the events of September 11th were terrifying, this report was presented by a commission of people a few years after the attacks. The book was long, and to me, it seems like from the author's perspective, the attacks were anticipated well in advance. I did have one problem with trying to read one of the earliest chapters, but the book is very educational to all. You must read the book in its entirety, to get the full details yourself.
If you are unfortunate enough to have the NYT copy of the report, skip the first 100 pages where the NYT tears down the country. It was sickening. The report itself is fairly comprehensive and unbiased. I tried to read the NYT slant and was truly surprised to see how anti-American they are and that was back in 2004 when it was published.

Read the report, skip the anti-American rhetoric at the front.
Aminteam într-un articol anterior despre Raportul Comisiei 11 septembrie şi m-am gîndit că acest subiect merită dezvoltat mai mult, întrucît Raportul nu vizează strict evenimentele de la World Trade Center, cît mai degrabă fenomenul terorismului global, reprezentativ pentru acest secol.În 2002, Congresul şi preşedintele Americii au dat legea de înfiinţare a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, care avea rolul de a investiga circumstanţele care au dus la atacurile de p ...more
Jim Swike
A tough read to say the least of this horrible event. This book provides a complete report, a good reference if needed, for research or a term paper.
This is a very interesting report, with lots of useful information, but with certain problems. It offers great insight into structural managerial problems of the intelligence community and the first response services, and the problems they face day-to-day. It has some secondhand insight about how Islam-based international terror organisations might function.

However, the report does have a couple of biases of position the reader should be aware of. First, it is very hesitant to blame individuals
Let me begin this review by reminding you that this is a government document, not The Great Gatsby. You are not going to be enthralled by the prose or the character development or the witty dialogue. However, that doesn't mean that it's not readable nor interesting. Quite the contrary. It is a detailed account of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; the events leading up to them; and the American response, past, present, and future. It is easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of government processes th ...more
A detailed explanation of who attacked the United States that fateful day, how they did it, how the United States (the government, the military, the airlines, the air traffic controllers) responded, and what should be done to prevent such attacks in the future (launching a war on a false pretext isn't one of the recommendations, but better border control is). It reads like a great thriller, but it is nonfiction!

Ever since the United States lost the Vietnam War, it has been an axiom among the rig
Jesse Schexnayder
An in-depth study of the 9/11 tragedy and the state of affairs within the nation's various security apparatuses leading up to it. The recommendations of this commission, while seeking to absolve any of the political leadership, still have managed to provide at least a beginning to workable solutions to our various problems regarding the prevention of terrorism. As the commission states, no defense can be perfect, but it should be cooperative, layered, focused, and able to respond both before and ...more
When someone mentioned that The Academy was pretty much the same story as The University, they weren't kidding. The two stories are so incredibly similar that Little is almost plagiarizing himself when he wrote Academy.

UC Brea isn't your normal school. The student body is interested in all sorts of extracurricular activity, such as kidnapping, rape & extreme violence. Meanwhile the professors themselves have decided to go the extra mile, their lesson plans including anything from extreme sex
May 06, 2011 Austen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to understand how 9/11 happened, and how to prevent it from happening again.
Shelves: history
In-depth look at the opportunities missed, the glaring errors, the ingenuity and creativity used by the terrorists that lead to the worst attack on American soil in its history.

The shortest chapter "Heroism and Horror" detailing the attacks in print form was minimalist. Reading almost like a checklist, focusing mainly on the NYC attacks, briefly on the Pentagon and none at all on the Shanksville, PA plane, its print tabulation of the madness of that day is just as powerful - in some ways, mores
Scott Hollifield
The first 10% of this book is very well worth reading, offering as it does a detailed, minute-by-minute breakdown of exactly what happened on September 11, 2001, from the perspective of the various aviation and federal organizations. If you were mesmerized, like I was, by the documentary-like vision of the movie "United 93" and interested in the particulars of how it and the other three planes were hijacked -- especially how the casual ineptness of human agency allowed it to happen -- then that ...more
The first part is the best. It begins with the actual attack told from several different points of view - passengers and crew on the doomed planes, air traffic controllers, FAA officials, and NORAD and military personnel. It also describes how the President and other government officials were informed and how they responded. For example, Bush knew before he entered the school that a commercial airliner had crashed into one of the Twin Towers, but that's all the information he had. Like myself an ...more
An impressive and priceless document, a must-read for anyone obsessed with 9/11 because, after all, we need to hear every side of the story.
This book made me ask questions I'd never thought of before, like why did the terrorists attack the WTC first when the White House and the Capitol were their priorities (direct orders from Bin Ladin, allegedly)? Of course, such a complicated plot was impossible to go off without a hitch, but still...
Also, it's suspect right off the bat that members of the c
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]it's a gripping story, told well, and basically leaves little room for conspiracy theorists - including conspiracy theorists who wanted the Iraqi government to be linked to the horrors of 9/11. The structure of the report is easily digestible, with the first (and probably the best) chapter a straight narrative of the events of the hijackings, told essentially from the point of view of the victims as far as that can be done. The point is repea ...more
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