The Eleventh Day:
The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden


Writing with access to thousands of official documents, new interviews and the perspectives that can come only from a decade of research & reflection, Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look at 9/11.

For many Americans, 9/11/2001 is the darkest date in the nation's history. What exactly happened? Could it have been prevented? How & why did so much acrimony & bad information arise from the ashes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field? What remains unresolved?


Beginning with the first brutal actions of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11, The Eleventh Day tracks the sequence of events and introduces the players: pilots, terrorists, passengers and those who died on the ground. Drawing on previously classified records and raw transcripts, Summers and Swan investigate the response of President Bush and the military that day, and the failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. They document the untruths told afterward by US officials and, as counterpoint, consider the contentions of the 9/11 Truth movement. With meticulous research, they examine the personalities of those behind the onslaught, analyze their motives and expose the US intelligence blunders that preceded the attacks. Finally, they confront the question the 9/11 Commission's report blurred: Were the terrorists backed by powerful figures in Saudi Arabia - a nation long viewed as the ally and friend of the United States?

Riveting, revelatory, thoroughly sourced & complete with extensive endnotes, The Eleventh Day is the essential one-volume work on a pivotal event. It was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. And won the Golden Dagger, the Crime Writers' Association's award for the best non-fiction on crime.


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"Unbridled drama...raises uncomfortable but unavoidable the 9/11 Commission chose to overlook important evidence."

                                                                                                            — Boston Globe

"The book's essential contribution to the annals of the attacks is its painstaking examination of questions the 9/11 Commission finessed...Did Saudi princes, charities or the military fund Bin Laden and his hijackers, help them after they reached the U.S., and withhold intelligence that might have thwarted the attack?"

                                                                                            — The Wall Street Journal

“The Eleventh Day is a game-changer...peerless in its depth, breadth and accuracy.”

                                        — Miles Kara, Professional Staff Congress’ Joint Inquiry
                                                                                                       & 9/11 Commission

"Compelling...judiciously weighed, meticulously sourced"

                                                                                           — [London] Sunday Times

“An extraordinary synthesis of what is known about the 9/11 attacks”

                                                 — John Farmer, 9/11 Commissioner senior counsel

“It seems to me, the definitive account of 9/11” 

                                                                                                             — Paul Theroux
9/11 Memorial & Museum