The Ground Truth : The Story Behind America's Defense on 9
One of the primary authors of the 9/11 Commission's report, John Farmer was proud of his and his colleagues' work. Yet he came away from the experience convinced that there was a further story that demanded to be told, one he was uniquely qualified to write. Now that story can be told. Tape recordings, transcripts, and contemporaneous records that had been classified have been declassified, and the inspector general's investigations of government conduct have been completed. Drawing on his knowledge of those sources, Farmer reconstructs the truth of what happened on that fateful day and the disastrous circumstance that allowed it: the repeated, institutionalized disconnect between what those on the ground knew and what those in power did. He reveals terrifyingly — and illuminatingly — the key moments in the years, months, weeks, and days that preceded the attacks, then descends almost in real time through the attacks themselves, revealing them as they have never before been seen. Ultimately Farmer builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue but serves to create a false impression of order and security. The ground truth that Farmer captures tells a very different story — a story that is doomed to be repeated unless the systemic failures he reveals are confronted and addressed.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 12 May 2010
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United States