While few of us would tackle the printed version of the 9/11 CR, this production for readers on the go has emotional moments. The raw communications from civilians, operators, and firemen receive no elocution but paint chilling portraits. Five male narrators hustle their parts along, taking practiced turns at the one thousand Arabic names. The introduction lists the readers, but we guess who’s who. To indicate a direct quotation, one voice receives an echo. The hundreds of abbreviations shouldn’t be attempted in heavy traffic - in this report "GOP" means "Government of Pakistan." At less than five dollars for more than twenty hours, we thank the publisher for making this historic document so accessible.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
The 9/11 Commission released their final report to the public on July 22, 2004. During the course of the Commission's 20-month investigation, the 10 commissioners and 80 staff members conducted more than 1300 interviews in 10 countries and reviewed more than 2 million documents. In the 17 days of public hearings, the commissioners heard testimony from 140 federal, state, and local officials, and private sector experts.
The Commission was composed of Chair Thomas H. Kean, Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, and Commissioners Richard Ben-Veniste, Fred F. Fielding, Jamie S. Gorelick, Slade Gorton, Bob Kerrey, John F. Lehman, Timothy J. Roemer, and James R. Thompson.
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"The prose is free from bureaucratese and, for a consensus statement, the report is remarkably forthright. Though there could not have been a single author, the style is uniform. The document is an improbable literary triumph." (The New York Times Book Review)
This report gives the unabashed truth to how exposed we were the day of 9/11/01. In our minds we like to believe that our life is secure and our govt. protects us. This report shatters that belief.
The events or 9/11/01 are described in shocking detail.
Every politician and citizen should read or listen to this report.
This is a very lengthy report to listyen to in its entirety but you will feel it is worth it in the end. You will have a complete picture of what happened and what the government needs to do to correct it. This is a non-partisan report. It sites fact and tell the audience clearly when the authors are making an opinion statement. I was suprised that they were able to put such a report together.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." Nowadays everyone has thier opinion about how to address terrorism. The discussion should start with the facts, and the 9-11 Commission Report contains the facts. This is required reading for anyone who wants to hold an educated opinion about Islamic terrorism. Highly recommended.
Great documentary and should be a required reading/listening document. Narration was guite good for such a long document. The report had good analysis and reasonable set of recommendations that should be further studied and seriously considered for implementation. The 9/11 Commission's work should not end with this documentary, but rather continue to review progress on its recommendations once every year, and publish the reviews to the public.
I found this report/book very interesting and captivating throughout. Perhaps it was because the 9/11 attacks on United States, are still so recent and fresh in our minds of those who lived through it all. It was a terrifying time and I find that this report helps to answer a lot of questions with factual agreed upon bi-partisan ism that we don't see coming down from Capitol Hill too often.
This a a very long, 3 part book, but I found it to be an interesting read and keeps moving along just fast enough to keep my attention.
Is it the last word on the subject? I doubt it...there will always be conspiracy theories, books and movies that abound, and I'm sure that after "all is said and done", we may even find out more, but for now, this has got to be one of the most comprehensive reports/books yet.
This book fulfilled all of my expectations. It went into detail about what happened on 9/11--what the terrorists, our leaders, the airlines, the passengers, and the emergency responders KNEW as it was happening. It details the travel, education and background of the terrorists. It explains all of the branches of government involved in anti-terrorist activities. Can not recommend it strongly enough. There was so much detail (I think other reveiwers called it boring)but I could not stop listening. It was like a thrilling mystery that is written well enough that it doesn't matter if you already know how it ends. Very sad and hard to listen to at times, but so important! God bless those who died that day, the surviviors, and their families!
I really enjoyed this book and found it riveting and compelling. Such detail and told in such a way that it was interesting from start to finish. If you like "Just the facts" type books, is one is for you!
The 9/11 commission like the Warren Commission into Kennedy's assasination served to quite the public, assign guilt to the scape goats and allow the criminals to go free. It has achieved that purpose. The Iraq war was started on false pretenses - wake up America.
The commission was either stupid or complicit in not examining evidence like:
1) The freefall speed of the towers clearly disproved the pancake theory
2) Where were the bits of the planes the kit the pentagon
3) Whey did the quickly remove and dispose of the girders?
4) The building were designed to withstand a plane crashing into them, why did thefy fall?
5) Why was the Osama Binladen and his family escorted out of the US?
This is discouraging listening
I was a bit skeptical about this 9/11 report, however after listening to the first few minutes I could not stop listening. It gives good picture of the hell that those who died went through. There are graphic descriptions of the on board struggele of passengers and victims. It tells so much about the chaos happened on that crazy day, with America's defence system. We were lucky it wasn't a nuke! Don't hesitate - buy this and listen to it.
"Surprisingly 'wet' -"
I bought this because the price was so cheap. My expectation was that it was going to be a very dry congressional report that reads like an encyclopedia. To my surprise, it was a very well written, narrated , and interesting account of 9/11. Its more like a book than a report. If you think you heard it all about 9/11; you haven't. This takes you into the middle of everything that happened on that day and leading up to it. It guarantees to offer something you had not heard in the past 10 years.
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