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By Wayne Barrett

Rudy Giuliani emerged from the smoke of Sep 11 because the unquestioned hero of the day: America's Mayor, the daddy determine lets all depend upon to be difficult, to be clever, to do the precise factor. In that doubtful time, it was once a convenience to grasp that he used to be at the scene and on top of things, making the simplest of a dire scenario.

yet was once he quite?

Grand phantasm is the definitive document on Rudy Giuliani's position in 9/11—the actual tale of what occurred that day and the 1st clear-eyed evaluate of Giuliani's position prior to, in the course of, and after the catastrophe.

whereas the images of a soot-covered Giuliani making his approach during the streets turned greatly part of his own mythology, they have been additionally an emblem of 1 of his maximum disasters. The mayor's functionality, notwithstanding marked by means of own braveness and charm less than hearth, phrases in place of work pursuing an totally wrongheaded method of the city's defense opposed to terrorism. Turning the mythology on its head, Grand phantasm finds how Giuliani has revised his personal background, casting himself as prescient terror hawk whilst in reality he ran his management as though terrorist threats easily didn't exist, too distracted by way of puppy initiatives and turf wars to take care of very important precautions.

Authors Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins additionally give you the first authoritative view of the aftermath of the 11th of September assaults, recounting the triumphs and missteps of the city's efforts to heal itself. With wonderful new reporting concerning the sufferers, the villains, and the heroes, this can be an eye-opening reassessment of 1 of the pivotal events—and politicians—of our time.

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Even Giuliani champions like Time called it “a mistake” to locate the command center on the 23rd floor of 7 WTC, part of a complex viewed long before 9/11 as one of the top terrorist targets in the world. Sheirer ridiculed it before and after 9/11. 7 And Lou Anemone, the highestranking uniformed police official, blasted it as well. Giuliani, however, overruled all of this advice. Rejecting an already secure, technologically advanced city facility across the Brooklyn Bridge, he insisted on a command center within walking distance of City Hall, a curious standard quickly discarded by the Bloomberg administration, which instead put its center in Brooklyn.

An internal commission document called it “a ruptured flow of information” in both directions.

A subsequent police team did not even attempt to check in, and no one at the North Tower enforced the protocols. 3 However, Richard Rotanz, who was Sheirer’s top deputy still at 7 WTC, was never told about the triage order. Since the building had already been vacated as unsafe, establishing a triage area there made no sense and was never attempted, according to sources still in the tower at the time. But that wasn’t Sheirer’s only misfire that day. He recounted later that when Rotanz called from the command center and “told me there were other planes unaccounted for,” Sheirer told the people in the A Day of Dysfunction 33 lobby “that another plane was on the way,” instantly converting unspecific information into a very specific false alarm.

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