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“A maddening, essential study in misinformation, jingoism, bad intelligence, and other hallmarks of the recent American past.”—Kirkus, Starred Review
“Beginning in the spring of 2001, the CIA repeatedly warned the White House that Osama Bin Laden was planning terror attacks inside the USA. The Bush administration did not nothing. The disaster that unfolded on 9/11— from the first minute of the day through the last — has now been meticulously recorded in Bill Arkin’s new book. If you want to understand what happened, this is the place to start.”—Thomas Powers, author of Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda.
“Arkin has compiled a detailed account of the events of that day related to the attacks, resulting in one of the most important historical documents of the year.”—Booklist
“This book takes readers much deeper behind the scenes, in the White House, near the Pentagon and in the air above, and it’s not necessarily good news. Unique about this book is readers don’t usually see such in-depth, government-based reporting on 9/11 and the days afterward.”—The Daily (Galveston County)