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As senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, John Farmer led the team charged with reconstructing the tragedies of 9/11 and assisted in writing The 9/11 Commission Report. But many of the relevant records remained classified when the report was written, and the “ground truth” of the day was further obscured by the fundamentally false version of events that the government presented to Congress, the commission, and the media.

Now, drawing on records that have only recently been released, Farmer has written a definitive account that captures the full suspense and ultimate tragedy of 9/11 and enlarges—and breathtakingly revises—our understanding. He tells the story in shrinking units of time, plotting the progress of the “planes conspiracy” as the US government had years, then months, then weeks, days, and finally, excruciating minutes and seconds to interdict or disrupt the attacks. This approach casts key moments in a new and startling light; the frantic efforts of air traffic controllers and fighter pilots to foil the attacks on 9/11 are revealed not as isolated acts of desperation but as the trailing, inevitable consequence of years of policy debates and failed post–Cold War attempts to “reinvent government.” And as he leads us through the aftermath of the attacks, Farmer makes the inescapable case that “at some level of the government, at some point in time…there was a decision not to tell the truth about what happened.”

What emerges is a portrait of a government that has institutionalized failure and rewarded deception. Executive departments fight for turf then deflect responsibility. Top officials, who set policy, are radically estranged from the career professionals who carry it out. The result has proven, quite literally, catastrophic—in the face of the surprise attacks of 9/11 and, as Farmer explores, in response to a long-anticipated natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina, as well. He shows powerfully that until we undertake the genuine, from-the-ground-up reinvention of government that the ground truth of 9/11 demands, we remain terrifyingly unprepared for the next time catastrophe strikes.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jena | 1/15/2011

    " This book really scared the crap out of me. It brought home to me all the lies that have been told and the cover-ups that have been perpetuated in the United States since 9/11. Again, scary. But eye-opening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 2/3/2010

    " The out of touch/communication of leadership was very disturbing but not surprising to me. The initiative of some lower level managers was impressive. The lying and obfuscation by senior leaders and politicos and their constant need to spin was disgusting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 11/4/2009

    " The government is messed up big-time. "

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About the Author

John Farmer, in addition to working as senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and assisting in the writing of The 9/11 Commission Report, has served as attorney general of New Jersey, as chief counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman, as a federal prosecutor, and as an advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security. Most recently, he has become dean of Rutgers University Law School in Newark. His editorials and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in New Jersey.