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Welcome to the White House, 9/11/01. Things are tense, but come on in and meet the President. Look what happens next.


9 Overall

5 Applicability

10 Innovation

10 Style


This detailed account sometimes reads with the inside perspective of a Tom Clancy thriller. Famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s "fly on the wall" story relies on detailed accounts from excellent sources who were in the room when key decisions were made. This exposition lives up to his reputation, and even promotes it to another level - if there is one. He takes us inside the White House bunker, Camp David and the halls of political power. Sometimes you’ll think you’re reading yesterday’s headlines, but the story is more interesting when Woodward tells it. His narrative line is strong and you never feel that he is pandering to an action-film audience. This volume’s most important contribution is its colorful portrayal of the key decision makers and its insight into how things really worked in Washington at the nation’s most critical moment. highly recommends this book to anyone yearning for a deeper insight about the World Trade Center attacks and their continuing aftermath.

In this summary, you will learn

  • what happened inside the White House and at the highest levels of U.S. government in the three months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks


The most serious moment a nation can face is when its leaders decide to go to war. For the George W. Bush administration, the events that led to war occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Perhaps no one understood the cost of war better than George Tenet. As long time director of the...
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About the Author

You almost can’t mention the name Bob Woodward without thinking of Watergate, but as assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, his career also covers more than 30 years and eight number one national nonfiction best-sellers. His focus has spanned the Supreme Court, the Hollywood drug culture, the CIA and the Pentagon. Woodward lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elsa Walsh, a writer for The New Yorker, and his two daughters

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