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Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero
Following the lives of heroes, victims, and terrorists of September 11, 2001, Richard Bernstein, one of The New York Times's most skillful journalists, weaves the complex tale of a multitude of lives colliding in conflagration on that fateful morning. Bernstein takes us inside the al-Qaeda organization and introduces us to police officers and firefighters as well as some o ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Times Books (NY)
(first published September 11th 2002)
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On the eve of the ten-year commemoration of the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, I decided to look at this event through the eyes of a staff member of the New York Times writer, Richard Bernstein in his 2002 report. This book is not only about the attack itself but also a study of the terrorists who carried it out. The fact that these 19 men could pull this off is remarkable. It is a reminder that determined humans, with a great deal of luck and a nation unprepared, can acco ...more
I was hoping this book would help guide my students the back story of the September 11 attacks, however it didn't work out like I had hoped. Written in 2003, it is now outdated and lacks the benefit of historical perspective and new insights we now have on al Qaeda and the 9/11 plot that have come with the capture of those who helped mastermind the attacks such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed and investigation and killing of Bin Ladin, etc. It served a purpose for a time, but since it's publication the ...more
Published within 2 years of the attacks. Provides a good overview of what was known at the time: a quick history of the terrorists, some of the victims, some of the heroes of the event. Covers the possible route to emergence of Bin Laden as pivotal historic figure, what the lives of the terrorists and victims may have been prior to the fateful day, and a fairly-detailed look at the day itself. A good read, would be interesting to contrast this account with more updated information that has been ...more
This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is a thorough and accurate account of 9/11. I walked away from it with incredible sadness but feeling like I knew a bit more about the victims, the heroes, the terrorists, and the timeline.
Sep 16, 2013 Erik Graff rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9/11 fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Instant history and the official story--what you'd get by pasting together the articles in the establishment press. Nothing new here beyond some personal stories. No serious questioning of the gaps in the government's story.
Growing up in the small town of East Haddam, Connecticut, RICHARD BERNSTEIN always dreamed of seeing the world, and after he finished university he figured a great way to do that would be to become a newspaper reporter. So he became a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and then the New York Times, which sent him all expenses paid!) to lots of countries, including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, I ...moreMore about Richard Bernstein...