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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shocking truth about 9/11,
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This review is from: New Pearl Harbor (Paperback)Having previously read several books about the 9/11 attacks, I was much looking forward to the release of David Ray Griffin's The New Pearl Harbor. Having now read this book, I consider it the definitive book on the September 11 attacks and the many unanswered questions that surround them.
Griffin manages to cover all of the key concerns that have been raised in other books and Web sites that examine the events of 9/11. For example, why weren't the attacks prevented in spite of repeated warnings that the U.S. received in the months beforehand? Why were FBI agents blocked from investigating the men who later became the hijackers on 9/11? Why did the standard procedure of sending up fighter jets to intercept off-course planes fail to occur successfully four times in a row on 9/11? Why did the president continue with a relatively trivial appointment to listen to some schoolchildren reading, in spite of knowing that the first WTC tower had been hit before he entered the school? The list of questions goes on.
Griffin even examines some of the more controversial claims made by critics of the official 9/11 story. For example, was it really Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon? Photos taken that day appear to show damage far too small to have been made by a Boeing, and the lawn in front of where the plane is meant to have hit appears intact, with no scorch marks or signs of gouging.
Griffin is braver than most in his ability to examine these questions in a balanced and rational way. He presents a strong case for a far more in-depth investigation of the attacks of September 11 than those that have so far been conducted.
Anyone who cares about peace and democracy ought to read this book.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. All he's asking for is a full investigation...,
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This review is from: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 (Paperback)Read the other reviews, and particularly the editorial reviews and quotes. As many have said this book ought to be read by any sentient individual who cares at all about 9/11.
Like most, I have previously completely dismissed the conspiracy theory nonsense of 9/11. But then I chanced upon this book, and because of the testimonials from intellectual heavyweights and other respected people (including a respected Member of Parliament in the UK), I wanted to know more about it. In it's favour are the following points:
1. Griffin is no consipiracy theorist, far from it. He starts out by saying he too completely dismissed such nonsense until a very sane and eminent respected friend of his suggested he look into the subject.
2. In the later pages of the book, he suprisingly second guesses all his earlier assertions, and looks at them from the point of view of the supporters of the official account of 9/11. He asks of himself "Am I actually talking rubbish?" and then conclusively proves that he is not.
3. Finally, all he's asking for is a full independent inquiry into 9/11. That's it. He's not being anti-Bush or advocating bringing the Administration to it's knees. All he's saying is: here's the actual, recorded, undisputable facts about 9/11, here's the official account of 9/11 (which has changed significantly over time), why are there such huge and worrying differences between the two?
So, yes, read this book. And I very strongly recommend a look at Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press by Kristina Borjesson (you can look inside on Amazon.com) to understand exactly why you haven't already heard this stuff in the mainstream media.
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blessing in disguise,
This review is from: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 (Paperback)This book is based mainly on the analyses of Nafeez Mosadeqq-Ahmed, Thierry Meyssan and Michel Chossudovsky.
It reveals and questions some very disturbing facts about the 9/11 attacks: the collapse of the WTC-tower 7 without being hit, the non-interception of the planes, the cancelling of travel plans by top Pentagon officials, the missile attack on the Pentagon, the buying of put options on airline companies in the stock market ...
For the author, there are only two possible conclusions: 'our government and military leaders were either incredibly incompetent or criminally complicit.'
In his foreword, Richard Falk quotes D. Rumsfeld who called the 9/11 attacks 'a blessing in disguise'.
Amid a muzzled and paralyzed press, the author expresses ultimately only one request with this balanced book: a thorough investigation of what really happened. But this seems now only wishful thinking.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Non-Fiction Book I Have Read in Years,
This review is from: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 (Paperback)I have been buying books, CD's and DVD's off Amazon for years and that fact that this is the first book I have actually been moved enough to write a review is comment in itself. If Amazon would let you award 6 stars, I would have given it to this.
I have read a few books on the subject of 9/11 before (mostly by Michael Moore and such like) and, whilst they have offered a different perspective to Bush administration version of the event, they have always had pre-formulated opinion and comment by the author in question rather than an independent presentation of fact. This is a bit annoying if you don't always agree with some of their sometimes odd opinions.
It is David Griffin's completely factual approach that makes this book so compelling - namely the information is presented in black and white and it is up to you to make your own mind up. The facts that he has discovered (which are seemingly in the public domain) are simply mind-blowing - I was in a state of shock during certain chapters. You will not be able to put this book down - it took me only a day and a half to read it.
Rather than analysing his detailed and balanced work, critics of people like David Griffin will suggest that he is a crackpot conspiracy theorist. However, his work is presented in a classical academic style and is based purely on facts and independent, expert opinion - at no stage does he offer his own beliefs or politics. Critics would also offer the suggestion that his arguments show the greatest lack of respect to the 3,000+ who died that day. However, it is precisely the opposite - this book seeks to find the truth to what happened that day out of utmost respect for the victims and their families.
Given the fact that 9/11 resulted in the death of over 3,000 innocent people and has since been used as an argument to kill over 20,000 innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq, I think this is a must read for anyone who considers to themselves to have even just a passing interest in politics and current affairs.
64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Beating About the Bush with The New Pearl Harbor,
Indeed there are so many unanswered questions about the conduct of the Bush administration, the CIA and FBI both in the run up to 9/11 and afterwards that it is quite incredible that the independent commission into the disaster has been obstructed by the American Government at every turn. How many of us were aware that it is normal US practice to scramble fighters to investigate any commercial airliner that suddenly changes course without warning? And yet on September 11th 2001, not only were the fighters not scrambled until far too late to protect New York and Washington, they were ordered from distant bases rather than the much nearer McGuire and Andrews bases respectively! And instead of flying at maximum speed (1,500 to 1,850 miles an hour), they only flew at 300 to 700 miles an hour which meant they arrived well after the disasters had occurred.
And how many of us knew that demolition experts in the US have grave concerns about the real cause of the collapse of the Twin Towers? That all the evidence about the construction of the buildings militates against the airliners being responsible and that the buildings' collapse exhibited all the signs of controlled demolitions: molten steel, seismic shocks and fine dust? Not only that but US Government agencies had the debris, including the steel, removed without investigation and sold on the world market! Then there is the circumstantial but compelling evidence that Flight 77 did not crash into the Pentagon as reported but that it crashed in Kentucky or Ohio. And that a much smaller aircraft or missile hit the Pentagon! And that Flight 93 was shot down by a missile when it became evident that the passengers were going to gain control over the hijackers.
I know it all sounds too incredible to be taken seriously. But the author has painstakingly collected together enough questions about 9/11 to seriously call into question how much the Bush administration knew in advance of what was going to happen - and why the collective failure of the most powerful country in the world to protect itself could itself have been deliberate. What better excuse for the 'war on terror' to protect the US oil interests could there ever be than 9/11? Echoes of Pearl Harbor when it was suspected that President Roosevelt knew in advance about the Japanese attack but didn't do anything about it - because he wanted to goad the American public into going to war against the Nazis!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasoned, detailed and structured.,
By A Customer
Heralding an appalling, detestable and totally avoidable level of loss of human life, the War of Terror threatens to bankrupt and enslave nation after nation under massive amounts of military and reconstruction debt for generations. It is also a war that could quite concievably metatasitize and send humanity to the precipice of nuclear armgageddon.
As the sabre-rattling works up to its crescendo in possible attacks by western forces on Iran, and major gas exporter Russia flexes its calorific might in warning to those that plan to assist in this new transnational corporate venture in death, destruction and mayhem, this book - more topical than ever before - represents a clarion call for peace, rationality and democratic diligence, not just from government, but of AND by the people.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructs the official narrative with a scalpel,
If you've ever pondered why the World Trade Centre 1 and 2 towers collapsed into their own footprints at near free-fall speed, or why World Trade Centre 7 collapsed with the same characteristics, despite not being hit by a plane or any significant debris, or why the most powerful military organisation on the planet failed to follow standard practice and intercept the four hijacked planes, then this book is for you.
This book is not a book of answers but rather, like a philosophical study, it attempts to propose difficult questions (for the Bush administration) articulately. Griffin's book is written calmly and eloquently; anyone expecting an alarmist rant will be sorely confounded.
If you have an interest in Bush and Blair's war in the Middle East in general, or a curiosity about 9/11 in particular, then this book is for you. If however, you believe what the government tells you to believe, then stay clear of this as it will set off those independent thought alarms!
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious book about the events of September 11, 2001.,
This is simply the most comprehensive and authoritative source available of any kind. It provides a complete review of all the most important and reliable evidence for and against the official version of events, and covers all of the most important questions. It is 100% guaranteed to leave you in no doubt whatsoever that there are genuine and fundamental problems with the official account of 9/11.
If you sincerely care about what happened that day, or truly wish to prevent it from happening again, I strongly recommend this book to you.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine piece of work,
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every last one of us should read this book...including Blair,
It would seem totally implausible for so many people to be willing to let this happen through total incompetence, which is what the US Commission looking into these awful events has today said, but happen it did and over three thousand people lost their lives.
There are no conclusive answers at the end of this book, but there are many, many questions that do still need to be answered and I have come away from it believing quite stongly that the Bush administration did let this happen in order to go to war in the Middle East, not to get rid of Saddam and Al Qaeda, but in order to profit from the vast oil fields. I probably would not have believed I could have said this before reading this book but there is an awful lot of official explanantions that just do not make sense.
Read this book with you eyes wide open and be prepared to think the unthinkable at the end of it.
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The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin (Paperback - 6 May 2004)
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