Bestselling biographer and journalist Anthony Summers has covered the pivotal stories of the past hundred years, and in many cases forced a rethink.
He has reported on the conflict in the Middle East; the Vietnam War; the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations; Watergate; the rise and fall of the American Mafia; the Hiss and Profumo espionage cases.
He has explored the lives and deaths of the powerful and the famous: from Tsar Nicholas II to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Nixon.
Now in 2011 he brings the sharpest focus yet to a full account of 9/11, the events that led up to it, and the troubling questions that remain.
September 11, 2001 is the darkest date in the memory of most people alive in the West today.
The day ten years on when Osama bin Laden was killed was one of jublilation in the United States, yet uncertainty about what may come in the future.
What exactly happened on 9/11? Could it have been prevented? How and why did so much acrimony and bad information arise from the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a quiet field in Pennsylvania? And what remains unresolved?
Beginning with the first brutal actions of the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11, The Eleventh Daytracks the precise sequence of events and follows the players: pilots, terrorists, the airliners' passengers, and the innocents who died on the ground.
Drawing on previously unreleased records and raw transcripts, Anthony Summers and his co-author Robbyn Swan investigate the response of President Bush and the U.S. military that day, and the failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. They document the untruths told afterward by U.S. officials and, by counterpoint, thoroughly consider the contentions of the "9/11 Truth" movement. They analyze the motives that drove the men behind the onslaught, and expose the U.S. intelligence blunders that preceded the attacks. They note how afterward - without good evidence - the Bush administration persisted in trying to link 9/11 to Iraq. And they confront, finally, the questions the 9/11 Commission's report blurred: Were the terrorists backed by powerful figures in other foreign nations - including some that have long been treated as friends?
Riveting, revelatory, and unforgettable, thoroughly sourced and complete with extensive endnotes, The Eleventh Dayis the essential one-volume work on a pivotal episode in our history.
Copyright Anthony Summers, 2011
The Eleventh Day: The Full Story Of 9/11 And Osama Bin Laden
Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan in an interview about The Eleventh Day - August 2011
“Veteran reporters Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan have written the definitive book on 9/11. The Eleventh Day is …a house of answers regarding those pesky and unsolved questions surrounding September 11, 2001. Thanks to Summers and Swan we now know the deadly plot should have been thwarted. Did the American government fail the American people? Tragically and sadly, the answer is: yes.”
Jean Sasson, author, Growing Up bin Laden
“I’d like to [direct the attention] of Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama, to this month’s Vanity Fair article written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. The article details strong, credible allegations directly connecting Saudi financing to the 9/11 attacks…When done reading, I hope that you, too, will question why ten years later neither Congress nor our Justice Department are interested or willing to investigate the truth about Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks.”
Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 widow, in the Huffington Post
“The Eleventh Day is a game-changer. It is the new definitive timeline for 9/11, a superb and detailed extension of the work of the 9/11 Commission and Congress’ Joint Inquiry. Anthony Summers’ and Robbyn Swan’s research and reporting is peerless in its depth, breadth and accuracy. Together, this experienced team has cleared the air of suspect research and speculation, an invaluable service to future researchers and historians.”
Miles Kara, Professional Staff,
Congress’ Joint Inquiry & 9/11 Commission
“A powerful book and, it seems to me, the definitive account of 9/11 – a fascinating narrative of the lead-up to the horrific event and its complex aftermath…as well as putting a human face to all the people involved – victims and adversaries – it fills in the omissions (many of them deliberate) in the official version of events.”
“A sweeping report on the Saudi’s broad involvement in the 9/11 attacks…there was, for instance, the alleged arrangement between the Saudis and al Qaeda in which the Saudis paid hundreds of millions of dollars to the terrorist organization for not attacking Saudi targets or royal family members. In America, we call it protection money.”