"An important new book, Unsafe at Any Altitude, highlights a number of glaring holes in aviation security that were supposed to have been plugged after the 9/11 attacks and the creation of the Transportation Security Administration."
— U.S. News & World Report
"Susan and Joseph Trento, who have used the lens of investigative journalism to write several books on the ins and outs of federal government, spend most of their latest book, 'Unsasfe at Any Altitude,' outlining in great and captivating detail every...possible omission and profit-tinged venture that keep our airports and our planes open to terrorism... They write that the major problem with airport security both before and since Sept. 11 lies not with the screener on the ground but with the country's 'sloppy and arrogant' intelligence agencies and the way they fail to properly collect information and communicate with one another... 'Unsafe at Any Altitude' tracks the contradiction between the governmental line on terrorism and real-world politics and commerce...'Unsafe at Any Altitude' makes a very convincing argument that, despite all the money and attention spent in the last five years, our airport security system remains porous...[A] persuasive argument of a book."
— Los Angeles Times
"The authors - she's a former congressional staffer, he's a former CNN reporter- say five years after 9/11, no-fly lists are out of date, [and] mismanaged. The book takes readers beind the scenes at big-city airports and inside what they term 'the remarkably inept' Transportation Security Administration. "
— The Boston Herald
About the Author
Congress she was the youngest chief of staff of a Congressional office at the time. Her investigations into space shuttle safety issues led to her coauthoring Prescription for Disaster, a history of NASA leading up to the Challenger disaster. She also co-authored Widows, a history of counterintelligence. Her book Power House, about the lobbying and public relations industries in Washington, was compared by critics to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Jessica Mitford’s American Way of Death, because it looked at the issue of lobbying and influence peddling in a revolutionary way. She also has taught graduate writing at American University’s School of Communication. She cofounded in 2000 and is the managing partner of Film and Ink Productions, which has produced four books.
Joseph J. Trento is the author of six nonfiction books and an internationally known investigative reporter for over thirty-five years, and he has been a correspondent for CNN’s investigative unit. He now serves as the president of the Public Education Center, a nonpartisan and nonprofit foundation that conducts investigative reporting on environmental and national security matters. He is the author or co-author of numerous books on national security and intelligence issues, including Prescription for Disaster, Widows, The Secret History of the CIA, and Prelude to Terror.