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Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, updates the commission's report in this thorough and bipartisan analysis. Drawing on newly declassified records and recent investigative reports from the departments of defense and transportation, the author concludes that the failure to detect and prevent the attack lay in the [bureaucratic] nature of modern government. Most significantly, rules proscribing information-sharing within and among agencies meant that no one had complete access to all available intelligence or information—typical bureaucratic inertia that presaged the government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina. Farmer faults the disconnect between decision-makers and operational employees, concluding that leadership was irrelevant on 9/11 and the official version of events was almost entirely, and inexplicably, untrue. Farmer's conclusion that bureaucratic government does not adapt fast enough to changing missions to be effective is not original, but in his careful exegesis of the events of 9/11, he transcends easy generalizations to expose the fault lines in contemporary governance and point the way to fundamental reform. (Sept.)
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"A startling revised picture of 9/11.... [Farmer] builds suspense and creates a compelling albeit disturbing narrative." ---Library Journal Starred Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent synopsis of what went on, shame Joe public will never read itPublished 5 months ago by R. C. Ziegler
I think much of what really happened was covered up with propaganda real or imagined. I expected to read some basic ground truth and I think what was presented was just more of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mike. Berge
John Farmer passed over many of the most essential points regarding 9/11.
What of the Put Options on United and American Airlines. Read more
Don't assume that the negative reviews of this book have anything to do with the book itself. Mostly they criticize it for what it is NOT about -- all the 9/11 theories that say... Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by M. S. Butch
A religious cult needs High Priests to keep it's flock in the line.
'Bin Laden Did It'cultists, actually worship their image of Bin Laden, and are thus not interested in... Read more
Farmer's personal history put him in a place where he is
able to bring a depth to his work that couldn't be achieved by
many reporters. Read more
If you happen to be one of those people who believe in the conspiracy theory that 911 was an inside job you will find no support for that theory in Farmers excellent book. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by D H Harris
Farmer's book relies heavily on transcripts of live recordings of the comminications at the FAA and NEADS (Northeast Air Defense Sector) of the events as they unfolded. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by Philip Freihofner
This book was for me both revealing and confirming. Revealing because it exhaustively details the second-by-second actions of the FAA and the military that day relying on ever... Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Tonytoga