The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission
Publication Date: April 24, 2007
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The untold story of how the 9/11 Commission overcame partisanship and bureaucracy to produce its acclaimed report.
From the beginning, the 9/11 Commission found itself facing obstacles — the Bush administration blocked its existence for months, the first co-chairs resigned right away, the budget was limited, and a polarized Washington was suspicious of its every request. Yet despite these long odds, the Commission produced a bestselling report unanimously hailed for its objectivity, along with a set of recommendations that led to the most significant reform of America’s national security agencies in decades. This is a riveting insider’s account of Washington at its worst — and its best.
Lee H. Hamilton was U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1965 to 1999, a member of the House's Committee on International Relations for his entire tenure, ranking Democrat on that committee for ten years, and chairman of the committee for two. He is now director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. Jordan Tama, until recently special assistant to the director at the Woodrow Wilson Center, is a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University