this is by far the best book that I finished this year. If you have to read one book to understand and educate yourself on what led to 9/11 this is it. The discussion starts way back around world war 1 and travels to the events of 9/11. I strongly feel all politicians, diplomats should read this book whether here in the states, the middle east or further east. The author just did not present the bare facts but weaved them together in a comprehensive story.