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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552156183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552156189
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating... as well as putting a human face to all the people involved – victims and adversaries – it fills in the omissions (many of them deliberate) in the official version of events" (Paul Theroux)

"Superb... A wholly absorbing and powerful narrative full of good sense, properly weighed facts and clear understanding" (Peter Hitchens Daily Mail)

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'The best available account of 9/11 - soberly written, judiciously weighted, meticulously sourced' Robert Harris

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Martin VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2011
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The Eleventh Day is an unusual book for authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan as it concerns a contemporary event - the terrorist attacks of 11th September, 2001 - as opposed to the historical research of previous books, such as their formidable work on Richard Nixon, The Arrogance of Power.

As usual, they have immersed themselves in a massive and growing body of work on the subject, including many previously unreleased documents and have conducted plentiful first-hand interviews. Consequently, their judgements and analysis in this book are measured and supported by considerable research.

As a reader, if you are relatively new to the subject of 9/11, you will find much to admire in The Eleventh Day: the personal accounts of those who managed to escape from the Twin Towers, the first-responders' impressions of that deadly day, President George W. Bush's movements, analysis of the attack on the Pentagon, what happened to flight 93, the various intelligence agencies tracking of terrorists before 9/11 and what they did afterwards in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the role of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the red-herring of Iraq and much more besides.

However, if you have already read a few books on the subject, the reader will not find much that is new or revelatory; instead, what we get is perhaps the best possible interpretation of the story so far. This is unusual for the authors and frankly, The Eleventh Day is somewhat underwhelming - but this is only because I was expecting so much more new information, given the excellent research they had done on previous subjects, such as the JFK assassination, the biography of J. Edgar Hoover and the previously mentioned book on Nixon.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Merrick on 9 Sept. 2011
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The book offers a fascinatng and chilling account of the events of 9/11, its aftermath and gruesome pre-history. The authors have sifted through thousands of documents and presented, as best as can be achieved, an authentic narrative, sparing few of the myriad characters and agencies that populate its pages, including the deluded hijackers and their deranged mentor, Osama bin Laden; the hapless, obstructive, often duplicitous intelligence gatherers in the CIA and FBI; the evasions and treachery of foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, while George W Bush emerges as a lost soul under the influence of a hard-line Vice President.

The root cause of the 9/11 massacre is traced to the historic conflict between Israel and Palestine, starting with the post WW2 ocupation of Palestine and the eviction from its borders of its own citizens and the continuing US support for Israel. Many will be deeply uneasy about the revelations in these pages.

Iraq was never considered at top government levels to be a player in the hijackings but was singled out to satisfy a public lust for revenge. The major players were Saudi Arabia from where fifteen of the nineteen hijackers came and which funded Osama bin Laden, through well placed royal princes; and Pakistan which was a recipient of Saudi largesse and which colluded with Osama bin Laden and offered him shelter.

The Bush family have been close associates of the ruling Saudi Royal family for generations and there is a revealing aacount of George W enjoying a convivial cigar with its crown prince, Ambassasdor Prince Bandar on the White House balcony just two days after the atrocityof 9/11.The massacre, apparently, was barely mentioned.

This book is shocking in its revelations and will be deeply disturbing for many of those involved.It is a compelling work by the two authors.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pixie g on 7 Oct. 2011
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An interesting read (probably more so if you've not read anything much about 9/11 before) but as someone who's read quite a few topics, it didn't really contain anything new, or that I hadn't read before, apart from the bit about whether the CIA had been in some kind of talks with Bin Laden before 9/11. Some elements really just seemed like speculation (to various degress of wildness). I'd recommend it to someone who hadn't read anything on the subject before, as it was very readable, but if you're re-visiting the topic and want to read something recent, Jason Burke's 'The 9/11 Wars' is much better (although much more wide-ranging, so probably not one to buy if your interest is purely what happened on 9/11).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Smith on 24 Jun. 2014
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This book tells you everything you could possibly wish to know about the events of 9/11. As always with Summers, the research is breath taking in its scope. The story is told in a measured, balanced way. Fascinating.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommo on 8 Feb. 2014
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A descriptive and thought provoking account of the 9-11 attrocities which we are extremely familiar with. The dreadful day is seared into our memories; and this book takes us crisply and thoroughly through the crimes themeselves, the terrorist plotters and their activities in the months leading up to 9-11. It also devotes considerable time (and for me this was the most interesting area) of the cross border intelligence efforts and indeed multiple mistakes which could have prevented these heinous crimes. Hindsight of course makes it tempting to judge the intelligence failures more harshly, and the reader needs to recall the more benign security environment we all lived in prior to 9-11. What we can all draw a modicum of comfort from is the response post 9-11, where the security techniques and organisations of the USA and its allies have improved beyond all recognition - as seen through the sheer number of plots disrupted or foiled.

The authors deal robustly with the conspiracy theorists, and call out (which is of no surprise) the role of some elements within Saudi Arabia and Pakistan of faciliatating the activities of the plotters and thereby the attack itself. The relationship in particular between the USA and Saudia Arabia is questioned and challenged; and leaves the reader in no doubt that this strange alliance will still remain pivotal (one way or other) to the long term interests of the Middle East and the USA
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