BRIEFING PAPER: If You Don't Have Time to Read It ...


At 567 pages, The 9/11 Commission Report rocketed to the top of's best-seller list last week because it was big news. But it deserves to be there. The commission has produced one of the most riveting, disturbing and revealing accounts of crime, espionage and the inner workings of government ever written.

Even for obsessive historians who have vacuumed up every available fact and theory about 9/11, the report provides a trove of rich new details. The commission scoured 2.5 million documents, many of them classified, and interviewed more than 1,200 people, including Presidents George W. Bush and Bill...

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