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

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,313 Ratings  ·  251 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
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Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2004)
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Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 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 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
Apr 29, 2009 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 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 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Adam Pope
Sep 09, 2013 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.
Nichole
Feb 24, 2009 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.
Jojo
Jul 31, 2007 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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Brian
Jun 05, 2009 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 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".
Vicki G
Oct 04, 2010 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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Bill Shannon
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the information almost feels quaint in the wake of ISIL and the world we live in now. The report is refreshingly sober, methodical, level-headed and thoughtful.

It breaks the events of 9/11 into several parts: the attacks, the background, the planning stages, the victims and responders, the aftermath, and recommendations. It's not an "enjoyable" read by any means, but it is a compelling one, written by adults and not hyperpartisan hacks, thankfully.
Walter
Apr 13, 2014 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
Dec 16, 2009 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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Czarny Pies
Nov 25, 2014 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
Cordell
Aug 14, 2008 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
Arqam
Aug 25, 2015 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
Jim
Aug 18, 2010 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.
Chris
Aug 29, 2011 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.
Rob
Apr 27, 2012 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 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.
Laine
Apr 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not that I want to accuse our government of lying to us or anything, but this book should in the Fiction section.
Jim Swike
Apr 07, 2015 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.
Jessica
Jul 24, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, political
Absolutely ridiculous.
Jesse Schexnayder
May 29, 2012 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
mark
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, war
AN ANALYSIS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

Asked and answered is the central insight of The 9/11 Commission Report. Richard Holbrooke posed the question: “How can a man in a cave outcommunicate the world’s leading communications society?” (Pp. 377.) [This is the most vital of all the components of the attack and this war we find ourselves in. It is a war about ideas, the future, and hope. And these are uniquely human properties best understood via the framework of language and communication.] The
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Rick
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war
I've been meaning to read this book for years and finally got around to it. It's a very meaningful record of that moment in history - exhaustively researched and seemingly free of a political bent (though folks will argue that point). I can't say I learned a lot more about the attacks than I knew, but the report makes it clear that the pattern of attacks starting with the WTC bombing almost a decade before illustrated that the US was for lack of a better word, already at war and was not dealing ...more
Michael
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The commission does a great job of conveying what happened on 9/11, as well as what could have been done to prevent it. This report details the opportunities the U.S. government had to take out Bin Laden before 9/11, as well as the repeated failures or the FAA to inform the Pentagon planes had been hijacked. It also details how counterterrorism has evolved since 9/11, and what still needs to be done.
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/184890.html[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
Eric
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
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