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Out of the Blue

The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero

Richard Bernstein and the Staff of The New York Times; With a new Afterword by the Author; Foreword by Howell Raines

Times Books

Following the lives of heroes, victims, and terrorists of September 11, 2001, Richard Bernstein, one of The New York Times's most skillful journalists, weaves the complex tale of a multitude of lives colliding in conflagration on that fateful morning. Bernstein takes us inside the al-Qaeda organization and introduces us to police officers and firefighters as well as some of the Trade Center workers who were lost on that day. And we follow the lives of the rest of America in the hours and days after the attack.

This riveting, incisive, and authoritative account is destined to stand as the essential chronicle of this singular moment in our history.

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Excerpted from Out of the Blue: A Narrative of September 11, 2001 by Richard Bernstein, Staff of the New York Times. Copyright © 2002. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

"By the night of September 10, all nineteen men were in their final staging areas—at hotels in Newark, in Maryland, in Boston, and in Portland, Maine. They had a final sheet of instructions provided by Atta that told them what they were supposed to do in their final night on earth. They were to shave excess hair from their bodies. They were to read al-Tawba and Anfal, the traditional war chapters in
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“[A] superbly written overall chronicle of the events leading up to September 11, [it] draws on the reporting of the entire New York Times staff to bring alive the background with a subtlety and mastery that could almost make September 11 seem unsurprising.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“An invaluable road map of the events of September 11 . . . A tightly written, lucid account . . . of the tragedy and a fascinating survey of the players and forces that produced it.” —The New York Times

“Provides striking glimpses into the unimaginable human details of the tragedy.” —The Christian Science Monitor

"Bernstein’s narrative is exceptional. His ability to sift through the facts and near-facts of recent terrorism history is unerring. He is a winningly modest writer, but he is not afraid of the poetic." --The Washington Post Book World

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Richard Bernstein and the Staff of The New York Times; With a new Afterword by the Author; Foreword by Howell Raines

  • In twenty years with The New York Times, Richard Bernstein has served as bureau chief at the United Nations and in Paris, as national cultural reporter, and currently as a daily book critic. He has written five books, most recently Ultimate Journey. He lives in New York City.
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Out of the Blue

The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero

Richard Bernstein and the Staff of The New York Times; With a new Afterword by the Author; Foreword by Howell Raines

Helen Bernstein Book Award - Nominee
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