From the senior counsel to the
9/11 Commission, a mesmerizing real-time portrayal of September 11, 2001, why we werenʼt
told the truth, and why our nation is still at risk.
As one of the primary
authors of the “9/11 Commission Report,” John Farmer is proud of his and his
colleaguesʼ work. Yet he came away from the experience convinced that there was
a further story of the September 11 attacks to be told, one he was uniquely
qualified to write. Now that shocking story can be told.
transcripts and contemporaneous records that had been classified have since
been declassified, and the inspector generalʼs investigations of government
conduct have been completed. Drawing on his knowledge of those sources, as well
as his years as an attorney in public and private practice, Farmer reconstructs
what happened on September 11th, 2001 and the disastrous circumstances that allowed
it: The institutionalized disconnect between what those on the ground knew and
what those in power did. He details—terrifyingly and illuminatingly—the key moments
in the years, months, weeks and days that preceded the attacks, then descends
almost in real time through the attacks themselves, portraying them as they
have never before been seen. Ultimately, Farmer builds the inescapably
convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue
but serves to create a false impression of order and American national security.
The result is “a major, carefully documented and deeply disturbing book, one
that deserves the most serious attention of every American concerned about our
future,” according to Pulitzer Prize winner Haynes Johnson.