Touching History

Touching History

The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A commercial pilot describes her investigation into the events of September 11 after feeling skeptical about the 9/11 Commission report, an effort during which she learned about how on the morning of the attacks that thousands of fellow pilots improvised a cautionary defense plan that included suicide missions. 100,000 first printing.

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A commercial pilot describes her investigation into the events of September 11 after feeling skeptical about the 9/11 Commission report, relating how she learned that thousands of fellow pilots had improvised a defense plan that included suicide missions.

Simon and Schuster
On the azure blue morning of 9/11 the skies were pronounced "severe clear," in the parlance of airline pilots; a gorgeous day for flying. Nearly 5,000 flights were cruising the skies over America when FAA Operations Manager Ben Sliney arrived at the Command Center for his first day on that job. He could never have anticipated the historic drama that was about to unfold as Americans who found themselves on the front lines of a totally unprecedented attack on our homeland sprang into action to defend our country and save lives.

In this gripping moment-to-moment narrative, based on groundbreaking reporting, Lynn Spencer brings the inspiring true drama of their unflinching and heroic response vividly to life for the first time, taking us right inside the airliner cockpits and control towers, the fighter jets and the military battle cabs. She makes vital corrections to the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report, and reveals many startling, utterly unknown elements of the story.

As a commercial pilot herself, for whom the attacks hit terribly close to home, she knew that the true scope and nature of the response so brilliantly improvised that morning by those in the thick of the action -- with so little guidance from those at the highest levels -- had not at all been captured by the news coverage or the 9/11 Commission. To get to the truth, she went on a three-year quest, interviewing hundreds of key players, listening to untold hours of tapes and pouring through voluminous transcripts to re-create each heart-stopping moment as it happened through their eyes and in their words as the drama unfolded.

From the shocking moment at 7:59 a.m. that American 11 fails to respond to a controller's call, until the last commercial flight has safely landed and military jets rule the skies, all Americans will find themselves deeply moved and amazed by the grace and fierce determination of these steely men and women as they draw on all of their exquisite training to grasp, through the fog of war, what is happening, put their lives on the line, and mount an astonishing response.

This beautifully crafted and deeply affecting account of the full story of their courageous actions is a vital addition to the country's understanding of a day that has forever changed our nation.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781416559252
Branch Call Number: 973.931 Spe
Characteristics: ix, 309 p.


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Nov 04, 2014

Simply the best book written on 9/11. A tremendous read, a fantastic read, one of the two best books on 9/11, the only problem being the second book has yet to be written.

Now, let's supposed they followed the money trails that horrible day.

The top sixteen Asset Management firms (also called hedge funds) in America: BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and FMR LLC (Fidelity).

Yup, that's right, those four ARE the top sixteen, as they are the majority shareholders in the other twelve (could be the top 20 or 50, for all I know, I ran out of time and resources when I reached number 16).

But they became that AFTER 9/11/01.

So what happened on 9/11? Remember, on 9/10/01 it was announced that there were $2.3 trillion in unaccounted for DoD funds missing.

At 2:00AM a last-minute email goes out to the members of the auditing team --- which uncovered the fact that $2.3 trillion in DoD funds was unaccounted for --- for a 9:00AM meeting at the conference room by the Pentagon's west wall where almost all of them are killed by Flight 77, with the remainder being seriously injured!

That very same morning, two airliners will crash into specific points in the WTC Twin Towers, where three companies, in the preceding 12 to 16 hours, have been doing an enormous amount of offshore data/communications traffic, including wire transfers to the max.

Sadly, those people and computer/communication systems were killed/destroyed as a result of those two airliner strikes, but rest assured it was connected to the movement of that $2.3 trillion from the DoD.

Several months after 9/11/01, the worth of offshore hedge funds doubles, from an estimated $2 trillion to $4 trillion (they didn't double in two months, it takes awhile to accumulate the data, given the opacity of hedge funds, to note their worth --- they most probably doubled on 9/10/01, 9/11/01 and 9/12/01).

Hence, today we have the Big Four investment firms (BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and Fidelity) as basically the majority shareholders in the majority of major corporations in North America and Europe.

[Oh, and the heroes of that day: Betty Ong, the flight attendant on Flight 11, the unknown flight attendant on Flight 175, Ben Sliney, national operations manager at the FAA, and Don Carty, the CEO of American Airlines, and those passengers on FLight 93 who rushed the cabin, forcing the hijacker pilots go into a dive. The US military high command, I'm sorry to say, was a complete joke, but their pilots performed admirably and valiantly, including those reserve pilots working commercial on that horrible day!]

Aug 30, 2014

Amazing book. Shows just how uncoordinated all airline agencies actually were (are?). FAA, NEADS, Air National Guard. Nobody had the last word so the heads of these various agencies had to make their own calls which they felt they had absolutely no authority to do. Shoot down a commercial airliner??? I don't think so. It took a lot of guts to make the decisions these people running the FAA, Air traffic controllers and pilots had to make.

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