|Plot Summary of The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, And Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It|
Hyperion, Aug 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
Up front let me apologize for being emotional in this review, as this true account is appalling in what should have been. The book describes the evolution of the 1990s through 9/11 of Bin Laden and the Al Queda that will haunt readers forever. The authors tie events together that show the magnitude of the failure of anti-terrorism efforts under three administrations including the present one. The authors claim several opportunities to stop the terrorists were available, but not acted on, as the threat had not incredulously surpassed the "acceptable level of terrorism". That is the frightening thought that especially Clinton and Bush II (even in his first year) could have done more and saved lives. Official inactivity and incompetence (the Attorney General cut the anti-terrorism funding) and missed opportunities led to irate agents unable to overcome politics as usual under presidents from both political parties.
This book is not for those still raw, as it is quite an eye-opening saga. As the country's powers debate homeland security and claim the high ground, they should read this book first so they cannot sleep better at night. While the President vacations; the Attorney General cries security wolf; the Congress posters to gain reelection; and Clinton rewrites his place in history, perhaps each will finally understand the real goal: no future American should suffer like those who seemed to have died for no reason except politics and incompetence.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, And Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 20th century
History of cloak & dagger?
History of disaster/tragedy?
Kind of disaster:
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
Intelligence of subject of
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is very moderate
How much gore?
- 2 ()
How fast-paced is the book?
- 5 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses on brief history of a lot of players
Minor characters feature lots of:
- blue collar types
Length of book
- 300-350 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 2 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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