got 102 minutes?: Posner poses good questions, but feels like a Lawrence Wright retread

Maybe it’s the run-up to the 6th anniversary of 9/11, but I’ve been going through books like candy. Gerald Posner’s Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11 provides good grounding for people who haven’t come across Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower, but it’s unfair to compare the two since Posner precedes Wright by a good 3 years. 

Why America Slept

Still, Posner’s documentation of the CIA-FBI turf war, and his chapter on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, are two of the highlights of this book.  For a more comprehensive history of Islamic radicalism and how it shaped the story of 9/11, Wright’s tome is highly recommended.

Have started on Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, which aims to lay bare the true facts of Giuliani’s pre- and post-911 leadership.  Having started on this job, I’ve had less and less faith in the veracity of the media, its agenda, and how its corrupting influence distorts more than reveals. A scary thought in a rudderless world indeed.


One Response to “got 102 minutes?: Posner poses good questions, but feels like a Lawrence Wright retread”

  1. retreading old ground « 102 minutes Says:

    […] By starkravingensign I was just re-reading my previous book review entries, when I came across a reference to Abu Zubadyah’s torture, and it just dawned on me that I had been just reading about it in […]

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