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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Stephen King, Eat Your Heart Out

Ghost Wars is the scariest book I have read in a long, long time. And the timing of my class the day afterwards -- an analysis of the 9/11 hijackers visa applications -- was alarmingly apropos.

In reality, the fact that the Mohammed Atta et. al. entered the US fradulently is a small, small portion of the story. The entire story is much deeper, and frankly, much more tragic then that one day. The years leading up to September 11th were a symphony of mistakes played by both political parties in the US and all the involved agencies. No one had the whole picture, and the whole was much, much greater then the sum of its parts.

If you haven't read Ghost Wars, you owe it to yourself. It isn't an easy read, and it isn't a short read. There are no heroes and who the antagonists (beyond the obvious) are may surprise you. You'll look at that Tuesday in an entirely different light.