On November 12, 2023, the Midwest Book Review, based in Oregon, Wisconsin, published a review of Unanswered Questions.
Here is the review:
9781773740812, $32.95, HC, 454pp
Synopsis: After the attacks of September Eleventh, the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission lobbied for a credible account of what happened without preconceptions about its ultimate finding.
The federal government stonewalled for 14 months, then created the 9/11 Commission. Its senior staff produced an outline of the inquiry’s Report, prescribing what it would conclude prior to the investigation. The families presented over a thousand questions for the inquiry to investigate. Yet only nine percent were addressed, others glimpsed, and seventy percent ignored.
With the publication of “Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored” Ray McGinnis introduces readers to behind-the-scenes struggles of the families to keep the inquiry on track. By delving into their press releases and drawing from mainstream sources, McGinnis explores some of the unanswered questions the Commission omitted in its Report.
While there is no consensus among the families regarding the Report, McGinnis shows readers why the Commission’s findings, instead of being definitive, are dubious. There were myriad oddities in the conduct of its investigation. And the Commission’s Report, by what it ignores, raises more disturbing questions. Two decades after the attacks, McGinnis agrees that the way to honor those who died is to become acquainted with the September Eleventh families’ unanswered questions – – and why they still matter.
Critique: One of the most persevering threats to the survival of our democracy is the chronic lack of transparency and honest by the men and women trusted with federal leadership responsibilities including House members, Senators, the Generals, their staff members, and even Presidents in their Oval Office along with their advisors. “Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored” is just the latest expose to reveal the failings of extremely important inquiries into catastrophic events threatening the very survival of our American Democracy as we have known it. The focus of this impressively detailed study is on 9/11 and its aftermath. It is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, governmental, college, and university library Political Corruption/Misconduct, Political Science, and 21st Century American History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored” is also available in a paperback edition (9781773740805, $24.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.99).
Editorial Note: Ray McGinnis (https://unansweredquestions.ca/about) is also the author of “Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry”. He is interested in the power of stories, the stories we choose to tell, and the difference they make in shaping our world view.
by Willis Buhle:
https://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/nov_23.htm#willisbuhle (Archived online until November 2028)
November 13, 2023