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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panoramic, comprehensive but not revelatory
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...
Published on 23 Oct. 2011 by Tristan Martin

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing particularly new
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...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panoramic, comprehensive but not revelatory, 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.

I would unreservedly recommend The Eleventh Day to those who are wishing to gain a panoramic perspective on the events of that terrible day (along with Lawrence Wright's superb The Looming Tower and for some counter arguments, David Griffin's book Debunking 9/11 Debunking). Should you already have read some literature on the subject, though, Summers' and Swan's book will not furnish you with a great deal of new information but will perhaps join-the-dots with the most valid, up to date information currently available.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning evidence, 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
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing particularly new, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Informative., 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive Account of that Dreadful Day, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eleventh Day, 15 May 2014
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A brilliant read and very thought provoking. So much detail and information that I will definitely re-read. A book which is difficult to put down.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-written, Moving and Comprehensive Account, 2 Sept. 2012
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A balanced, well-written, detailed and sane account of the events leading up to and during 9/11. It starts with the hijacking of American Airlines, Flight 11 and, in particular, the information given on the phone by Betty Ong, whose bravery and intelligence in the face of such horror, never ceases to amaze me. She always symbolizes for me the tragedy of the day - calm, pragmatic cool-headedness finally brought to grief by bitter fanaticism. Indeed the actions of other airline service staff too, such as Deborah Welsh, Wanda Green, Sandra Bradshaw and CeeCee Lyles on United 93, as documented through phone calls and other fragmented pieces of information, show incredible bravery. Their behaviour under attack was a credit to their profession - much good it did them or anyone else, but one can only note it.

As some reviewers have suggested this account does not produce revelatory information, but it does provide a comprehensive account, filling out a lot of the tragic individual stories from that day and the level of human detail now available make it a more rounded account than some of the earlier books published. I found it a very moving and empathetic narrative and would strongly recommend it.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wise after the event, 30 Aug. 2011
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While I admire the authors' industry and accept that undoubtedly mistakes were made, too much of the information in the book is prefaced by "it was reported that", "it is suggested that", "might" and "may", or describes details which were only discovered after the event or includes statements by a range of people people who wish to show how farsighted they were.. Unlike the authorities, the authors had the picture on the front of the jigsaw box while in real time there were only bits and pieces of the jigsaw which contained non specific references to attacks on the USA and the possible use of aircraft. There is little recognition of the reality that if governments reacted to every bit of intelligence they received, measures would be introduced which would soon be derided if nothing happened or countries would be brought or a standstill. To stop further terrorists attacks perhaps governments should employ authors of books like this who appear to know all the answers, in hindsight of course.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and wide ranging, 31 Mar. 2013
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Superb review of the facts. Sure! A lot of the content can be read in the official commission report but that report was a political product. Properly contemptuous of Internet conspiracy theory drivel. Excellent references.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vary interesting - debunks the conspiracy theories, 13 Dec. 2012
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This is the first book on the subject of 9/11 that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's 845 pages long, though pages 583-845 are a list of acknowledgements and notes/sources.

It's split into 7 main parts as follows:

1. ATTACK - talks about the attacks themselves
2. DISTRUST AND DECEIT - about the distrust and deceit between the various US agencies
3. AMERICA RESPONDS - how the US responded to the attacks
4. PLOTTERS - about the guys who planned and plotted the attacks
5. PERPETRATORS - the guys who carried out the attacks
6. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS - the events of the 24 hours prior to the attacks
7. UNANSWERED QUESTIONS - just as it says really mainly centred on the failures of the US intelligent and law enforcement agencies to prevent this.

I have never subscribed to any of the conspiracy theories and this book debunks many of them - such as the supposed missile that hit the Pentagon rather than a plane; the conspiracy theorists state that it must have been a missile as there was no debris of a plane outside the Pentagon. Well no, that's because the force of the 500mph momentum carried the plane into the building. The conspiracy theorists who subscribe to the missile conveniently ignore the thousands of eye witness accounts who say they saw a large plane hit the Pentagon. Some of the conspiracy theories are just pathetic.

The impression I get from this book is that the main reason the attacks happen was not that America knew exactly when they would happen but because their bungling intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, were so far up their own backsides that they would not share information they received with other agencies such as the FBI, and they ignored so many warnings - to their ultimate own cost.

An enjoyable and in-depth book on the subject of 9/11 without any of the pathetic and bizarre conspiracy theories, just plain old truth and facts.
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