NPR editors have chosen a select list of books as some of the best and most compelling resources relating to the attacks of Sept. 11, terrorism, and homeland security.
'A Pretext for War'
Bamford has written extensively on the National Security Agency. He examines the shortcomings of the U.S. intelligence community from Sept. 11 to the Iraq war.
'The Age of Sacred Terror'
Benjamin, Daniel and Steven Simon
Random House, 2002
Two former Clinton administration National Security Council officials offer an insiders' account of the emergence of militant Islam.
'Against All Enemies'
Free Press, 2004
Clarke, counterterrorism adviser to three presidents, writes about his own role in Washington's response to terrorism over several decades.
The Penguin Press, 2004
The managing editor of The Washington Post traces al Qaeda's violent war on the United States back to the CIA's involvement in the conflict between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan.
'Inside Al Qaeda'
Columbia University Press, 2002
Gunaratna, a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrew's in Scotland, details the rise of al Qaeda as a global terrorist organization.
North Point Press, 2002
Langewiesche, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, describes the largely improvised effort to remove the remains and rubble left at Ground Zero.
'Bush at War'
Simon & Schuster, 2002
Through interviews with high-ranking officials, Washington Post investigative reporter Woodward charts the Bush administration's response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
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