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The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  468 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is the darkest date in the nation’s history. But what exactly happened on 9/11? Could it have been prevented? And what remains unresolved? Here is the first panoramic, authoritative account of that tragic day—from the first brutal actions of the hijackers to our government’s flawed response; f
ebook, 640 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paul Bryant

What I wanted to know about 9/11

1. All about the conspiracy theories.

The conspiracy theories are no longer fringe, they've become mainstream. In 2006, one third of the American population thought that Bush was somehow responsible for 9/11. Most of this third was under 30. I was very pleased to see that after recounting te events of 9/11, this book immediately confronts the Truthers.

What do The Truthers say?

1. The Towers collapsed because they were deliberately blown up by explosives already pl
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9-11, terrorism
I read this book way back in September, finishing just days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It has sat on my bookshelves, both virtual and actual, since then, awaiting a review. I haven’t gotten around to it because, frankly, I don’t think anyone cares.

Not about the terrorist attacks themselves, of course. Everyone cares about 9/11. It is the third rail in American life, to be brought up carefully, if at all.

No, I mean that I don’t believe people – Americans in parti
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Okay, let me start by saying that I am a spoiled middle class American and that I routinely ignore world events simply because I have the luxury to do so. I have been known to say about the news, “I’ll pay attention to it when it comes knocking on my door.” I am woefully ignorant of real world politics. I grew up in the 1980s and in my mind Israel and Palestine have been at war “forever” and the Muslims hate the Jews and in general America supports the Jews. As egocentric as that may sound, it i ...more
Erik Graff
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: US citizens
Recommended to Erik by: Kelly Kingdon
Shelves: history
Kelly, a Canadian bookseller who visits us in Chicago once or twice a year, brought this hot-off-the-presses book as a free-will love offering during his most recent appearance. Given the fact that it covers events up through the assassination of Osama bin Laden, I got to it almost immediately.

The Eleventh Day was written by a husband and wife team. Not being their first work together, the prose is seamless except for the final chapter where it shows signs of haste. The fact that they are both j
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seeing Anthony Summers as co-author (along with his wife) made me both excited and a bit apprehensive about this new book overviewing 9/11. Summers has done great work on Nixon, but in his “The File on the Tsar” he gave credence to conspiracy ideas, claiming that at least Anastasia, if not other daughters of Nicholas II, escaped the cellar in Ekarterinberg.

Well, I was pleasantly relieved early on. Quite so.

Summers quickly dismisses conspiracy theories about the attacks, focusing above all on the
Ann Li
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anthony Summers provided a detailed and well-researched description and timeline surrounding the people and events of 9/11. I initially sympathized with the Truthers and believed that the US government had a part in this tragedy- but after reading 11th Day I changed my mind and am more disgusted with how inept, ineffective and low our government leaders and agencies really are.
I’ve never been so emotional and incensed from reading a book! I was especially infuria
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors have done a thorough job documenting the tragedies of 9/11. Althought they debunk the various conspiracy theories that have flourished, they provide vital information about little-explored links between the terrorists and their financial backers. The 9/11 Commission Report seems to have ignored some evidence about the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the plot to harm American. And both the Bush and the Obama administration have kept documents that could shed light on the subject classi ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
If you are looking for a fact-based historical account of the events of 9/11 minus the smoke screens and whacked out conspiracy theories, The Eleventh Day fills the need. This is not to say there may or may not have been conspiracies. The authors end this work with some disturbing unanswered questions.

While there are a number of books dedicated to the history of 9/11, this one covers the subject with the right balance of detail and brevity. The extensive bibliography and end notes provide reader
Sharon Murphy
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new book that I read on my kindle. It was mostly about the Bush Administration and his relationship with the Saudi Royalty. He and Dick Cheney covered up quite a bit about the real happenings of 9/11. Basically they are both liars and Bush should have been thrown out of office for what he did. His administration did not recognize Al-Quida and Bin Laden as a threat. Condolessa Rice blow off anyone who tried to tell her about the real threat that they were. The FBI did not share anything ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2012
Gripping from start to finish. Made me think about how much we rely on the 'news' - how much we assume it presents us with the facts. If the authors are to be trusted, I was staggered at the crippling incompetencies that 'allowed' - even facilitated - the events of September 11th 2001. I cannot even begin to imagine how the families must have felt on hearing some of the information in this book.

One of the best reads of the year so far.
Brian Bundesen
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent narrative, exhaustive research, and several startling conclusions. This book was hard to put down. Highly recommended.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thorough and comprehensive. This book is well worth the read and is a good balance to other material that has been written. It has some of the best sourcing anyone could ask for down to each paragraph's source being revealed. It does a good job at dispelling some of the more "out there" conspiracy theories and deserves high praise for mentioning the roles of first responders and their subsequent abysmal treatment by the government for their ailments.

He does a great job of destroying a lot of the
Steve Parcell
If you want to read a book that gives you extensive details about 9/11 and the origins and aftermath of the attach, then this is the one.

I liked that it acknowledged the various conspiracy theories as well but gave a measured analysis of them. Personally I believe the US government failed to respond to the threat despite being warned of an imminent attack and this was down to basic human error. I believe to state they caused it deliberately is preposterous.

I also find those who claim the phone c
Neil Mudde
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the back cover of the book " Ten years have passed and Osama bin Laden is no more. Yet there is a lingering sense that the nation and world have been let down, deprived of the right to know -even deceived- on a matter of greater universal concern than any event in living memory.
It need not have been that way, The release in the past two years of some 300.000 pages previously classified 9/11 Commission documents a plethora of other material, and new interviews make it possible to lay some of
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a member of the subset generation called the 9/11 Generation: we were between the ages of 10 and 20 on September 11th. I don't know if this precisely makes us different from say any other generation that straddled a particularly traumatizing national event, but it's something that I kept in my mind whilst reading this book.
That is its strength. Anthony Summers managed to remind me of the world that used to be, and to give an excellent narrative of the day that changed it. Also, while he di
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
This book is eye-opening and it makes me furious too - it is very detailed in its research and it makes me not trust our executive branch of government. I can imagine so much of the denial and passing the blame too, having worked in a government agency in the past. I thought I wouldn't be able to get through this book because of its length and the subject matter, but I actually couldn't put it down.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Mild spoilers- nothing major, but I did bring up a few examples given in the book.

It took me a while to finish this book. I tend to read before I go to bed at night, and found the information I was reading more and more disturbing as I went on; thus I had to keep putting the book down as it was not allowing me to get any shut-eye from the anxiety it was giving me.

This is a thoroughly researched book, with the authors information coming from direct sources- actual government documents, officia
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 09-11, award-winning
Like most people, I can vividly remember the events of September 11, 2001. What I didn't understand was how Iraq came into this, and the conspiracy theories surrounding the World Trade Center. This book starts on the morning of 09/11 and follows the events as they happened. The authors were able to pinpoint the first person to die (an Israeli commando) well before the World Trade Center travesty. They recreated most of that awful day, based on phone calls, air traffic control records, and record ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great and frustrating read. Not frustrating because of how the author wrote but frustrating in learning how departments failed to prevent the attack and how they failed to communicate with one another while the attack occurred and even afterwards. Summers did a great job in sticking to facts and including reports and transcripts so you are able to see the original source. There is no personal bias just a lot of questions that were answered through facts or are still left unanswer ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Readable, but uses the lazy approach of ridicule to "debunk" opinions/theories that the authors do not agree with, which is no substitute for a solid argument backed up by convincing evidence.
Sue Campbell
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well-written account of the events surrounding 9/11. The authors recounted how the seeds were sown that resulted in the tragedy and as disturbing, wrote a narrative that showed the government's gross negligence prior to the terrorist attack and the gross incompetence in the minutes, hours and days after it occurred. Compelling story.
Pete daPixie
'The Eleventh Day-The Ultimate Account of 9/11', hot off the press in 2011 from Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan, is a highly commended investigative account of this horrendous terrorist attack and it's subsequent repercussions over the last decade.
The account hits hard from the outset. A chronological study of stunned confusion, of phone transcripts from American 11 and United 175. Live t.v. coverage. Desperate phone calls to 911 from first the North then later the South towers of the W.T.C. A
Jill Meyer
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We're nearing the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks and I think there will be a lot of books released to coincide with the event. Most could not surpass the superb analysis and writing of the writing team of Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan in their new book, "The Eleventh Day".

If a reader is looking for confirmation of conspiracy plots in the hijacking attacks, he won't find them in Summers and Swan's book. They disregard the "inside job" by the Bush administration as basic hogwash
Catherine Howard
Hmm... There's a lot that's great about this book. It's meticulously researched, easy to follow despite the mind-boggling number of characters and unlike a lot of historical/political non-fiction you find on the shelves these days, utterly readable. But it's hardly the definitive account of 9/11, and the more I think about it, the more I can't hold the authors responsible for this. A definitive account would span volumes; there just isn't enough room in a book that can't be too heavy to hold to ...more
Simon Lipson
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm fascinated by 9/11 and have read several books about what happened that day, what caused it and the aftermath, but this is comfortably the best. The authors have delved into that event, poring through thousands of documents, not least the 9/11 Commission Report, in incredible detail. You'd expect a dry and academic book to result from such comprehensive research, but fluid prose coupled with judicious and properly considered analysis, boils 9/11 down to its essence and enables logical and of ...more
Austin Poole
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People 12 and older
Recommended to Austin by: Nobody looked up stories
I read The Eleventh Day. It was written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. In my opinion it was a really informational book. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested about what exactly happened and no one under the age of 12-13 because they wouldn't know what some of the words mean.
First, it goes into the people who work there in the towers, it lists names of companies and people who worked for those companies. The book goes into a lot more detail but I don't want to give away the e
Ken Larsen
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gut-wrenching book. It should be required reading for all Americans. There are so many myths and so much misinformation around the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This books helps set the record straight, and honors the people who died that day (and later, based on exposure to poisons that day and in the days following).

The authors detail the events leading up to the attack, the day of the attack, and the events following the attack, with an eye to answering a number of questi
The book gives a lot to take in. There is a lot of information, and ideas on what the information could mean. Absolutely not a quick read, I found myself reading some parts to be sure I had actually understood correctly. For me, I also found myself frustrated as I read, not at the book but with our government. The book points out numerous errors and attempts to conceal information. I had never bought into the idea that we were (as a nation) totally innocent victims of radicals that hate us for o ...more
Greg Miller
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exhaustive investigation which includes examinations of "truthers," al Qaeda, bin Laden, Bush, Clinton, Clarke, the CIA, the FBI, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It lays out how the attacks were planned and executed and gives the reader a sense of who perpetrators were and describes their skewed motivations. I found it especially unsettling to read about how many warnings we received in the months and years leading up to September 11, 2001 - some of them extremely specific - which went ...more
Scott L.
This is a very comprehensive book on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center towers and hit the Pentagon. The book concentrates less on the day itself and more on what lead to the attacks and why the greatest nation in the world was powerless and impotent to stop the attacks from happening. It also concentrates on how the Bush/Cheney administration was ignoring all the signs of the attacks because counter-terrorism was not on their agenda - until after t ...more
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Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books. His investigative books include Not in Your Lifetime, the critically acclaimed book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy; Official & Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover; and most recently The Eleventh Day, on the 9/11 attacks—a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.
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