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The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11

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From the senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, a mesmerizing real-time portrayal of that day, why we weren?t told the truth, and why our nation is still at risk.

As one of the primary authors of the 9/11 Commission Report, John Farmer is proud of his and his colleagues? work. Yet he came away from the experience convinced that there was a further story to be told, one he
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Riverhead Books (first published 2009)
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Some disturbing facts about how 9/11 got by all of our agencies, and how the lessons we should have learned about this have all been swept under the table in agency efforts to protect their little domain.

The book did tend to repeat itself a lot and used a lot of pages to back up its assertions with transcript notations and recitations- necessary, but a little long in the tooth. But the revelations about how the command structure failed to have the FAA in on the communiation and how decisions to
I initially thought this book might be another conspiracy theory book, but that wasn't the message. Instead, Farmer points out that many of the specific details released by various government agencies and / or military don't always parallel the documented facts. And he presents the timeline in extreme detail to back-up his findings. I don't classify this as a government cover-up as much as the natural tendency of a government buracracy to spin the facts as much as possible to present their agenc ...more
This is a very important book that will probably be lost in all the books written about the incompetence, arrogance and just plain ugliness of the Bush years. John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 911 Commission, tries to set the record straight based on new information and insights into the events of September 11, 2001. In short, he confirms that information was withheld, that lies were told, and that the Commission report is, at best, only partially useful. In this version, the reason for the dis ...more
A highly detailed and revealing critique of how the various agencies of government handled the September 11 terror attacks. Farmer goes on to draw correlations between the mistakes of 9-11 and those of the government's handling of Hurricane Katrina. Most refreshing to see these two subjects handled with analytical insight, wisdom and sanity. On the more critical side, a healthy portion of the sometimes tedious transcripts of communications between agencies such as the FAA, NEADS, and NORAD (serv ...more
David Quinn
A thorough and reasonable account of the failure of our government to prevent and properly respond to the events of 9/11. (The author was special counsel to the 9/11 Commission.) The tie-in to our government’s failure to properly and effectively respond to Hurricane Katrina was reasonable and convincing.

I read the 2010 version with a new afterward which I would strongly recommend. The author added recent examples of terrorist attempts which nicely underscored the points he made earlier in the bo
Peter Carlisle
Draws comparisons between government response and spin to 9/11 and the response and spin of Hurricane Katrina. If you are looking for a book that really lays out the exact timeline of what happened on 9/11, read this book. Large portions are transcriptions of the responders at NORAD and FAA who seem to have handled 9/11 on their own. Asserts that Dept of Defense and the executive branch were basically irrelevant to the immediate response on 9/11. Then, several years after 9/11, the same sort of ...more
Somehow putting this under "true crime" seems this is supposedly the "untold story of America under attack on 9/11" -- yeah, right. This guy is just another shill for the coverup. I don't know who did what, and I am not convinced that it was an inside job...but I AM convinced that the "investigation" was a sham, and that we need to have a REAL investigation in order to know what REALLY DID HAPPEN. Until then, I will keep looking at the books that come out but doubtful that I wil ...more
Tom Schulte
the intro pumps up the excitement of presenting 9/11 audio transcripts, which seems forced and even rather morbid. following preliminary material is dry, but the enedited transcripts do deliver. kudos to the narrator covering all the voices, grammatical imperfections, and time readings to the second. in that drier intro material, the ex-government author points out Saudis were used over, say Yemenis, simply because America was more amenibal to Saudis flying about. more revelations are in the pos ...more
Bob Bauer
The out of touch/communication of leadership was very disturbing but not surprising to me. The initiative of some lower level managers was impressive. The lying and obfuscation by senior leaders and politicos and their constant need to spin was disgusting.
This book really scared the crap out of me. It brought home to me all the lies that have been told and the cover-ups that have been perpetuated in the United States since 9/11. Again, scary. But eye-opening.
WTF! It took 8 years for someone to tell the truth about the events of 9/11. I've read the inside story of the 9/11 Commission-what a joke. This is an important book.

I bought this book in a used books store in Asheville NC only a few days after visiting the newly-opened Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. Worth 10x the $8 cost.

I give 4 stars only because the books complexities could have been better coordinated. I agree with other reviewers that say the book could have been shorter-especially th
Mary Jordan Samuel
Insightful but too much talk about ways the government failed on that day without enough solutions (just a mere 12 or so pages at the end). I also felt there was not enough honoring of first responders (also government).
Melissa Friedrichsen
This book is absolutely astonishing! No heresay or conjecture. Just facts.
The senior council to the 9/11 Commission, and former Attorney General of New Jersey in charge of that state's emergency management department, analyzes government response to the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina day by day, telling what happened and highlighting what went wrong. He concludes that few steps have been taken to implement the problems these disasters revealed about government emergency response, particularly on the federal level.
Well-researched. I'd like to think the instances of inaccurate and misleading reports are a Bush/Cheney thing, but I'm pretty sure they're just a US Govt thing.
To me this was an intense and harrowing narrative of the timeline and events of 9/11. It was gripping.
Frances Levy
Should be required reading for every informed citizen. Including the president.
ej cullen
Too many of our leaders and the people they appoint have no shame.
Jan 20, 2010 Kathleen marked it as to-read
This book is in my bedroom, waiting to be read. Can't wait.
The government is messed up big-time.
a bit too dry for my taste
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