At the dawn of World War I, the United States was only a rising power. Our reputation was relatively benign among Middle Easterners, who saw no "imperial ambitions" in our presence and were grateful for the educational and philanthropic services Americans provided. Yet by September 11, 2001, everything had changed. The U.S. had now become a "world colossus so prominent in the political, economic, and cultural life of the Middle East that it was the unquestioned target of those bent on attacking the West for its perceived offenses against Islam."
9/11: Where Were You? captures the life-and-death decisions people made amid the chaos of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. These decisions affected not only individual lives but often the lives of others in unexpected and profound ways. We meet the Federal Aviation Administration national operations manager who gave the unprecedented order to ground all commercial air traffic in the U.S. and a policeman who rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center.
In a work of history that will make headlines, New York Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of most important federal commission since the the Warren Commission. Shenon uncovers startling new information about the inner workings of the 9/11 Commission and its relationship with the Bush White House. The Commission will change our understanding of the 9/11 investigation – and of the attacks themselves.