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9/11 Commission Report, Special Edition (Pocket University) (Pocket University)

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The 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT-LIBRARY EDITION 22 CDs, 21 hours ISBN: 1-58472-807-8 $139.00 VINYL ALBUM WITH CDS IN SLEEVES, REPLACEMENT POLICY. It is changing the way America thinks about terrorism The final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States and includes the events of 911, a history of terrorism and recommendations to improve securi ...more
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Published September 28th 2004 by Sound Room Publishers (first published 2004)
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Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Tim
Jul 25, 2011 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse
May 05, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jason
Jun 18, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
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
Sep 26, 2011 Merritt O'Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nichole
Feb 25, 2009 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Can you really have an informed opinion on historical/political events that have taken place since 9/11 without reading the commission report? No.
Adam Pope
Sep 09, 2013 Adam Pope rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What was left to read after it was hollowed-out to store my throwing-stars was substandard investigating, political jargon, and black flag waving.
Jojo
Jul 31, 2007 Jojo rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Arqam
Aug 25, 2015 Arqam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian
Jun 05, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Sep 01, 2010 Jeff Kesner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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".
Czarny Pies
Aug 13, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  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
Walter
Apr 13, 2014 Walter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
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
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Carla JFCL
Mar 21, 2010 Carla JFCL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cordell
Aug 14, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2016 Vicki G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vicki by: One of the FBI officers
If any other family members actually like this explanation (which is no statement at all in terms of making anything clear) then I'll have to confess to not knowing why. I can't believe they spent over 300 pages - and 12 public hearings - making nothing lucid at all and not one person in the government (except Richard Clarke) taking any responsibility for anything at all.
But now I know almost exactly how the person in my life died; they could explain that because they don't have to lie or avoid
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Chris
Aug 30, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim
Aug 18, 2010 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, my-book
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.
Erika Smitten
Aug 10, 2016 Erika Smitten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had wanted to read this book for a while now and it was hard to get through, but I was finally able to get to it. After reading extensively on the topic over the years, I can say that I believe this book is a disgusting excuse of a commission report, not investigative at all and the ultimate insult to the victims of 9/11 and their families. It reads more like a novel and there is very little engineering or architectural investigation. It focuses mainly on pointing fingers at both the Clinton a ...more
Bookaholic
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
Apr 12, 2015 Jim Swike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rob
Apr 27, 2012 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The "final report" what a farce! The official expolanation for collapse is admitted to have a low probability of occurrence and bldg 7 is not even mentioned once! Read DRGriffin to make sense of the propaganda.
Jim
Mar 09, 2010 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Self contradictory and over dramatic. I felt I knew less on the topic after reading it. It reads more like pulp fiction than an official account.
Roman
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
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Nathan
Oct 06, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ilya
Dec 28, 2010 Ilya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jesse Schexnayder
Jul 01, 2012 Jesse Schexnayder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
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
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Austen
May 06, 2011 Austen rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
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