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Inside 9-11

Inside 9-11

What Really Happened

By the Reporters, Writers, and Editors of Der Spiegel Magazine

St. Martin's Press



Some of the finest writing and reporting on the events of September 11 was done by Der Spiegel, Germany's magazine of record. With its main office in Hamburg, base of operations for terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta and many of the others, Der Spiegel's journalists were on the front lines of the earliest investigation into the identities of those who brought holy war to America.

The award-winning team from Spiegel was also at Ground Zero, talking to people, gathering stories, interviewing survivors, seeking the words that might express the interconnections of horror and heroism. The words come from those who had been inside and somehow gotten out. Inside 9-11 gives us some of their accounts, taking us as close as we can get to what happened.

The "why" of September 11 may remain beyond understanding. But here we learn who the terrorists were, and how they were able to take so many innocent lives by sacrificing their own. The profiles in this book render a chilling, alien mindset that has become part of our daily reality. Combining first-class investigative journalism and writing of great clarity, Inside 9-11 is a heartbreaking and gripping reconstruction of the events that changed us all.

Translated from the German by Paul De Angelis and Elisabeth Kaestner, with contributions from Margot Dembo and Christopher Sultan.


Praise for Inside 9-11

“Easily the most comprehensive reconstruction of the events of 9/11 . . . a compelling portrait of the tragedy.” —Ian Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

“As Germany's news magazine of record, Der Spiegel has always treated its readers to a unique fusion of rigorous reporting and vivid storytelling. Now its reporters have deployed those talents to extraordinary effect in a gripping account of the cataclysm of September 11th . . . A dense and compelling collective portrait of a handful of inconspicuous students who would ultimately become the world's most notorious terrorists.” —Christian Caryl, Moscow Bureau Chief, Newsweek

“A brilliant reconstruction by Europe's ablest team of investigative journalists. A deeply disturbing and comprehensive overview, minutely researched.” —John le Carré

“A comprehensive account of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The book is divided into several sections, including a chronology of the events of September 11 and background on the terrorists especially the years they spent in Hamburg, Germany. This well-researched effort is a chilling yet compelling study of the terrorists, their victims, and the loved ones left behind. The appendixes provide much reference material, including excerpts from the terrorists' manual, a list of the known terrorists, timetables for each of the hijacked planes, Mohamed Atta's will, and a transcript of part of the infamous Osama bin Laden videotape. Even with the large number of contributors, the quality of writing and editing is consistently high throughout . . . This is an important volume in what is sure to be an ever-growing collection of books on the topic. Highly recommended.” —Karen Sandlin Silverman, Center for Applied Research, Philadelphia, Library Journal

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By the Reporters, Writers, and Editors of Der Spiegel Magazine

The reporters, writers, and editors of Der Spiegel magazine: Stefan Aust, Cordt Schnibben, Klaus Brinkbäumer, Uwe Buse, Dominik Cziesche, Fiona Ehlers, Ullrich Fichtner, Hauke Goos, Lothar Gorris, Ralf Hoppe, Ansbert Kneip, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Georg Mascolo, Cordula Meyer, Alexander Osang, Alexander Smoltczyk, Barbara Supp, Andreas Ulrich, and Thomas Hüetlin.

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