The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation – Philip Shenon
In 2002, the most important federal commission in decades was established to examine the events surrounding the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.
In 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its unanimous report to broad acclaim.
Now, in this riveting investigation of the 9/11 investigators, veteran New York Times journalist Philip Shenon reveals stunning shortcomings in the Commission’s work – a series of oversights, omissions and distortions that raise fundamental questions about 9/11 and the government’s failure to prevent it.
Taking listeners behind the scenes, Shenon describes the valiant efforts of the Commission’s investigators to uncover the facts surrounding 9/11, despite being obstructed and even deceived at many turns. The Commission is an eye-opening account of how Washington really works: the manipulations of politicians, the secrets of intelligence officers, the battles over information, the pursuit of truth.
In vivid and sobering detail, The Commission proposes how the events of 9/11 could have been avoided, how the Bush administration missed crucial opportunities to prevent it, and why the Commission could not tell the whole story.
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Blind Fall – Christopher Rice
John Houck became a Marine to become a hero. But his life changes when he fails to notice an explosive device that ends up maiming his Force Recon Company’s captain, a respected Marine who nearly sacrificed himself to save John’s life.
Home from Iraq, John pays a visit to his former captain, only to discover the captain has been gruesomely murdered. John pursues a strange man he sees running from the scene, but he discovers that Alex Martin is not the murderer. Alex is, in fact, the former captain’s secret lover and the killer’s intended next victim. When it becomes clear that local law enforcement has direct connections to the murder itself, John realizes that to repay his debt of honor, he must teach Alex Martin how to protect himself, even to kill.
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Simon & Schuster Audio
Homecoming – Bernhard Schlink
A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mother’s history, intent on the possibility of finding his missing father. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States and back: finding witnesses, falling in and out of love, chasing fragments of a story and a person who may or may not exist. Within a maze of reinvented identities, Peter pieces together a portrait of a man who uses words as one might use a change of clothing, as he assumes a new guise in any given situation simply to stay alive.
The chase leads Peter to New York City, where he hopes to find the real person behind the disguises. Operating under an assumed identity of his own, Peter unravels the secrets surrounding Columbia University’s celebrated political science professor and bestselling author John de Baur, known for his charismatic rapport with students. Terrifying mind games challenge Peter’s ability to bring to light the truth of his family history while still holding on to the love of a woman who promises a new life, free of lies and deceit.
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Random House Audio
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