On that day The definitive timeline of 9/11

William M. Arkin

Book - 2021

A veteran military and security analyst and commentator, reconstructing a minute-by-minute narrative of 9/11, asks and answers some vital questions: What did we learn from 9/11? And are we any more likely to be ready if something like it ever happened again?

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Published
New York : PublicAffairs 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xiv, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781541701069
1541701062
Main Author
William M. Arkin (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Millions of Americans watched the tragedy of 9/11 unfold in real time, whether on television or in New York, DC, or rural Pennsylvania. 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compiled a detailed account of the events of that day related to the attacks, resulting in one of the most important historical documents of the year. He goes into exacting, sometimes minute details of the activities and thoughts of the major players of the day, from the terrorists to first responders, and more. Arkin builds his minute-by-minute account with a cool yet engaging journalistic style that has the added result of imbuing the narrative with growing levels of suspense—despite the fact that most people know how the main story works out. Arkin also has the advantage of twenty years of investigations from which to draw obscure but fascinating facts. For some the result may be too much information. In the final analysis, though, for tragic events like 9/11, there can be no such thing as too much truth. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A veteran military and security analyst and commentator, reconstructing a minute-by-minute narrative of 9/11, asks and answers some vital questions: What did we learn from 9/11? And are we any more likely to be ready if something like it ever happened again? Original. 12,000 first printing.

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A veteran military and security analyst and commentator, reconstructing a minute-by-minute narrative of 9/11, asks and answers some vital questions: What did we learn from 9/11? And are we any more likely to be ready if something like it ever happened again?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“A maddening, essential study in misinformation, jingoism, bad intelligence, and other hallmarks of the recent American past.”—Kirkus (starred review) Anyone who experienced the attacks on September 11 cannot forget the imagery: the smoking, falling towers, the Pentagon smoldering, the Shanksville crash site, the first responders. But there is an invisible story hidden in the wreckage, one that required years of patient investigation and the piecing together of a sequence from many scattered sources. By establishing the most definitive timeline of how that day unfolded, William M. Arkin shows how the US government failed in the face of the unprecedented attack. It is a story of laughable airport security, vulnerable airspace, blind intelligence, poor communications, muddled orders, Pentagon chaos, and presidential isolation. Everything about the emergency procedures of the governments—from White House security to continuity of government to military alerts—went wrong. On That Day is a stunning, nightmare journey through a government reeling in confusion while many civilians performed individual acts of heroism. It is a chilling exposé of government negligence and overreach, and a constitution in crisis.