The 9/11 Commission Report with Related Documents
First Edition   ©2007

The 9/11 Commission Report with Related Documents

Ernest R. May (Harvard University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-45099-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-45099-1; Format: Paper Text

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left Americans wondering how such a breach of security could have occurred. Relatives and friends of the victims pushed for the creation of a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States to investigate the government's preparedness for and response to the attacks and to provide recommendations for preventing future disasters. As Senior Advisor to the 9/11 Commission, Ernest R. May provides students with a firsthand account of the commission's methods and actions. His introduction, which describes the drafting process and the collaboration of the commissioners despite the bitter political divisions surrounding them, allows students to view the report as an historical document. The report itself has been carefully abridged for the classroom while preserving the essence of the complete version. A cast of characters, a glossary of political acronyms, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration make this edition ideal for students.
“Ernest R. May provides a superbly written, thoughtful, and unusually revealing introduction placing the document in its historical, political, and public policy context. Having read, commented on, and used many such works, I am pleasantly surprised to say that this introduction may be the finest contextual introduction to a primary source I have seen. Teachers will find this work a valuable addition to courses in modern U.S. history, political science, government, public policy making, and contemporary events.”
— Patrick D. Reagan
Tennessee Technological University