In The Cell, John Miller, an award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, along with veteran reporters Michael Stone and Chris Mitchell, takes us back more than 10 years to the birth of the terrorist cell that later metastasized into al Qaeda's New York operation.
This remarkable audiobook offers a firsthand account of what it is to be a police officer, an FBI agent or a reporter obsessed with a case few people will take seriously. The Cell contains a first-person account of Miller's face-to-face meeting with bin Laden and provides the first complete treatment to piece together what led to the events of 9/11, ultimately delivering the disturbing answer to the question: why, with all the information the intelligence community had, was no one able to stop the September 11 attacks?
Miller, Stone and Mitchell doe a bang-up job of giving us a clear picture of many of the events that transpired in the 10 years prior to 9-11 that - if someone had been able to connect all the dots they MIGHT have been able to prevent the attack.
It's not a condemnation or a finger-pointing expose. The book isn't stating that anyone necessarily slipped up it's just that there were tons of indicators that, in hindsight, could have predicted this.
Well written and not too long. If you want to learn about some of this history and don't want to read 30 different books - this one will do it.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This is a rather superficial and in some instances unsubstantiated overview of what led up to 9-11. Compared with "The looming tower", it pails in comparison. The reader pronounces names in ways that are very different from what I am used to, so not sure if these are alternative pronunciations, or if he just can't pronounce arabic names, but this was a distractions. Furthermore, this is essentially the authors view on things. for instance, he says the US governement had several opportunities to stop the embassy bombings, but does not substantitate what these where. I found it a good quick read and a valuable second outlook compared with "The Looming Tower", but I found the other work much more comprehensive, better researched, and more substantitve.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Very well done, helps one understand how we did not stop 911
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
this is a great book. great personal insight into these attacks and what caused them.
Fascinating and really well narrated.
It wasn't exceedingly critical of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it spoke about facts fairly calmly and called a spade a spade without any obvious malice.
I likes the tone and I was unaware of a lot of the incidents from recent history being connected to one another.