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Books: Other Topics

Books examining and documenting the attack of 9/11/01 can be divided into those that cover the attack on the World Trade Center such as listed on a separate page and those that do not, such as listed here. This distinction reflects a view that understanding how the World Trade Center was destroyed is essential to understanding the construction of the attack.

Books Questioning the Official Account

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Official Fahrenheit 9 11 Reader
by Michael Moore

The companion book to Moore's hit film, Fahrenheit 9/11, presents Moore’s "screenplay" which consists of transcripts of news clips and interviews, interspersed with the text for the voice-over narration. Moore focused on Bush's non-response during the attack (i.e., Bush in the classroom reading "My Pet Goat"), Bush Administration's ties to the Saudis, the passing of the USA PATRIOT Act, and the later consequences of the wars that were based on the attack. The book provides sources for Moore’s points as well as emails from fans, film reviews from a wide range of publications and articles delving deeper into the movie’s issues, such as the Saudi royal family members’ flights out of the country on 9/11, which Craig Unger investigated for Vanity Fair in 2003.
The 9/11 Mystery Plane: And The Vanishing of America
by Mark H. Gaffney

Among the planes observed on 9/11/01, one of them remained a mystery for years until researchers like Mark Gaffney began putting the pieces together. Witnesses in Washington, D.C. reported seeing a large white plane that circled over the city and the restricted air space of the White House around the time of the Pentagon attack. Although the US military continues to claim ignorance, Gaffney outlines the numerous lines of evidence that expose the plane as the E-4B, the US military's most advanced electronics platform, also known as the "doomsday plane," because it serves as a flying command, control and communications center in the event of a national emergency.
The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation
by Philip Shenon

New York Times reporter Philip Shenon tells a behind-the-scenes story of the workings of the 9/11 Commission and the production of its report, and suggests that Zelikow may have sought to minimize the Bush administration’s responsibility for failing to prevent the September 11th attacks. An excerpt from inside the book can be viewed on Amazon and the New York Times' review of the book details some aspects, for example, "The black hat of Mr. Shenon’s story is the commission’s executive director, Philip Zelikow. Brilliant but abrasive and secretive, he is regarded by some commission staff members as a White House mole . . . Mr. Zelikow scoffs at charges of conflict and conspiracy made by Mr. Shenon’s sources." A preview of Shenon's views can also be gleaned from his interview on Democracy Now, in which, when asked if he believes 9/11 was an inside job, Shenon replies, "I just haven’t seen the evidence. There are certainly people who believe it was an inside job. I have trouble believing that myself. I have great difficulty believing in vast conspiracies." Nonetheless, many fascinating and little known details of the Commission's process are revealed.

Books Documenting the Attack and Aftermath

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Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11
by Lynn Spencer

The author, Lynn Spencer, is a commercial pilot and flight instructor who interviewed hundreds of people over the course of three years -- military officials, airline pilots and air traffic controllers -- in an attempt to comprehensively describe the air response to the 9/11 attack. Members of the 9-11 Commission publicly contested some of the accounts. John Farmer, of 911files.info, states, "Ms. Spencer’s book is an important and well-done contribution to the body of knowledge regarding the events of 9/11. She did not have the advantage of the 84 RADES data (FOIA release in 2007) or the recent FAA releases with which to validate information provided by witnesses. . . . I for one am glad Ms. Spencer took the time to document all of the first-hand accounts that she did. I am also very glad to see the article which clarifies some of the timing issues resulting from the government withholding data." Mark Gaffney notes, in his review of the book on Amazon.com, that, among other problems, "Spencer discounted the testimony of [FAA official, Laura] Brown and [Norman] Mineta . . . " Gaffney recommends his own book, 9/11 Mystery Plane, as a critique of hers.

Stay tuned for the forthcoming 9-11 Research book which we hope to publish in 2009.

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