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Pentagon 9/11 Paperback – September 5, 2007

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9/11 Pentagon Attack Detailed by Defense Department Historians
Submitted by sallyc on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 16:17   
Pentagon 9/11
The Department of Defense Historical Office has published a definitive account of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. From the description: "Pentagon 9/11 provides the most comprehensive account to date of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and aftermath, including unprecedented details on the impact on the Pentagon building and personnel and the scope of the rescue, recovery, and care-giving effort. It's evocative narrative is based on firsthand accounts of survival, tragedy, and heroism drawn from hundreds of interviews, and features 32 pages of previously unpublished photographs, diagrams and illustrations." According to the authors, the book also gives the civilian world a glimpse into the way the military responds to crisis and how it takes care of its own. It also shows the successful coordination and the response of the emergency response groups in the area. More on the book can be found at
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For more than a half-century its distinct shape and stature as the headquarters of the U.S. military establishment has made the Pentagon one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world. On September 11, 2001, its symbolic and institutional importance also made it a target of the most deadly terrorist attack on U.S. soil. If the breathtaking destruction of the Twin Towers in New York’s World Trade Center caused unparalleled shock and grief, the attack on the fortress-like structure that housed America’s military command center was perhaps more stunning yet for its shattering of the nation’s sense of security.
      Pentagon 9/11 is the story of both the terrible damage and harm inflicted on the building and its occupants that day and the enduring strength that in the days and weeks that followed restored the structure, salvaged lives, maintained operations, and affirmed American purpose and resolve for friends and foes alike. Beginning with the circumstances and immediate impact of the attack, Pentagon 9/11 records in compelling and unprecedented detail the destructive path of American Airlines Flight 77 as it crashed through the building, then relates the epic struggle of on-scene survivors and rescuers as they led colleagues to safety and the actions of first responders to fight the fire, insure security, and furnish care to the dying and injured.
      Five authors, working from more than 1,300 oral history interviews, have collaborated to produce an evocative and authoritative narrative, weaving information gleaned from technical after-action reports with the firsthand accounts of participants and observers. The large cast of contributors includes surviving victims, medical attendants, FBI agents, search and rescue personnel, building engineers, forensic specialists, state and local authorities, DoD family assistance staff, and hundreds of other agency employees, volunteers, and eyewitnesses From the smoke and chaos of the event emerge vivid scenes of the physical wreckage and human toll but also countless acts of courage, grace, and heroism among military and civilians suddenly functioning side by side in an unconventional theater of war. Pentagon 9/11 chronicles the full sweep of this complex experience, heretofore depicted only in fragments, and offers important and reassuring lessons learned for future emergencies.
      Supplementing the wide-ranging narrative are charts, diagrams, and extensive photographs and illustrations that provide graphic testimony to the scale and force of the attack as well as the reconstruction and recovery. At once chilling and inspirational, Pentagon 9/11’s words and pictures dramatically remind us of terrorism’s long arm and the powerful message brave individuals and indomitable if not invincible institutions  send to our adversaries in triumphing over tragedy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Office of the Secretary, Historical Offi (September 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0160783283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0160783289
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,286,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Lescault on June 6, 2011
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As a survivor of the 9/11 Pentagon attack, I tend to look upon 'accounts' of that day with a rather jaundiced eye, but this review, based on multiple eye witness accounts and oral histories taken right after the event, gets it right. This history by Mr. Goldberg and his team, at least from my perspective, is an accurate, riveting and enlightening statement of the facts. Unfortunately, this has gotten far too little attention from the mainstream media and the general public. When I am approached by skeptics and conspiracy theorists (which, alas, happens quite a bit) I tell them to obtain a copy of this book. The narratives, photos and diagrams tell the true tale of both the horrific attack and the awe-inspiring heroism that took place on that infamous day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BootstrappT on April 4, 2013
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We all remember where we were and what we were doing on that tragic day when the world changed for ever. I cannot even begin to imagine the terror of those that suffered directly. Those uninjured at the Pentagon returning to work the next day is heroic in itself. The united and combined co~operation of so many different organisations in keeping the defence core running ran like a well oiled machine. So many selfless efforts and acts that I hope inspired hope in the American people ~ a symbolic nation that stands for freedom. The Pentagon up and running the next day gives a feeling of confidence in protection of that freedom even in an armchair 12,000 miles away. The victims at the Pentagon & those that united to repair broken hearts & broken buildings did themselves and their country proud. Therefore I do believe the title of this book should have been "THE PENTAGON HEROES OF 9/11". Your millitary are truly an outstanding bunch and I hope this book gives comfort, The right to feel safe knowing that these people will stop at nothing in order to defend their country men, women and children and their free world. In good hands ;~)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hecht on July 29, 2013
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This is one of the histories that does not receive as much mention as it should. A solid histoy of the efforts to save and rebuild the Pentagon in that terrible week and year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lobo on August 15, 2012
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This is an official DOD report of the event. Full of factual detail. a bit short on human interest, but a valuable research tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arete-Zoe on November 26, 2011
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Pentagon 9/11 is a story of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon, based on extensive research, including 1.300 interviews with participants. The flight path study after the hijack of American Airline flight 77 is described in NTSB report in Appendix B. Other than that, the authors focused solely on the effects of the impact, stories of survivors, exact timeline, reconstruction of the events from available evidence and records, and coping with mass casualty situation and contingency plans for such appalling events.

TARGET: THE PENTAGON. The building was completed in January 1943 after 16 months of effort. It covers 29 acres, 6.6 square feet in total, of which 3.8 square feet is office space. The structure of the building is described in detail, including its A to E system of rings, numbering and layout of the wedges, corridors, and office numbering system. In 1997, the Department of Defense established Pentagon renovation project PENREN, which was scheduled for completion in 2014. At the time of the attack, the number of people employed at Pentagon was 18.000, both military and civilian; and the wedge 1, where the plane hit, was nearly completed, including blast resistant windows. In this section, the fate of the four hijacked aircraft is briefly described, including timeliness. This was later important for explanation of grounds for decision making. The impact at 9:37 am destroyed offices in the Wedge 1 which belonged mostly to the Army and Navy, but also OSD and DIA. The structural damage was less than if the plane hit non-renovated parts, but the death toll was high because the offices were already fully occupied. Energy of the crash diverted through corridors, shafts, and stairwells, where it created death traps.

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