Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11

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Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11
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Author Bill Gertz
Country United States
Language English
Subject United States Politics
Terrorism
Genre non-fiction
Publisher Plume
Publication date
27 May 2003
Pages 320
ISBN 0-452-28427-9
OCLC 54081932
327.1273/009/045 21
LC Class UB251.U6 G47 2003

Breakdown (ISBN 0-452-28427-9) is a 2003 book by Bill Gertz arguing that U.S. intelligence services "lost sight of [their] purpose and function" due to Clinton administration policies that were more concerned with political correctness than with national defense.

Publishers Weekly gave it a mixed review, calling it "an unbalanced but revealing expose on the mistakes, misdirections and blunders behind "the most damaging intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor."[1]

Sam Roberts writing in The New York Times credits Gertz with convincingly arguing that there was a failure within the American intelligence community, although "his well-argued case is occasionally freighted by his own predispositions."[2]

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