Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 (Paperback)

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Rudy Giuliani emerged from the smoke of 9/11 as the unquestioned hero of the day: America's Mayor, the father figure we could all rely on to be tough, to be wise, to do the right thing. In that uncertain time, it was a comfort to know that he was on the scene and in control, making the best of a dire situation.

But was he really?

Grand Illusion is the definitive report on Rudy Giuliani's role in 9/11—the true story of what happened that day and the first clear-eyed evaluation of Giuliani's role before, during, and after the disaster.

While the pictures of a soot-covered Giuliani making his way through the streets became very much a part of his personal mythology, they were also a symbol of one of his greatest failures. The mayor's performance, though marked by personal courage and grace under fire, followed two terms in office pursuing an utterly wrongheaded approach to the city's security against terrorism. Turning the mythology on its head, Grand Illusion reveals how Giuliani has revised his own history, casting himself as prescient terror hawk when in fact he ran his administration as if terrorist threats simply did not exist, too distracted by pet projects and turf wars to attend to vital precautions.

Authors Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins also provide the first authoritative view of the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, recounting the triumphs and missteps of the city's efforts to heal itself. With surprising new reporting about the victims, the villains, and the heroes, this is an eye-opening reassessment of one of the pivotal events—and politicians—of our time.

About the Author

Wayne Barrett is a senior editor at the Village Voice and the author of the bestselling City for Sale.

Dan Collins, a senior producer at, is a former New York correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a reporter for the New York Daily News.

Praise For…

“A revisionist, critical look at the actions and policies of the former New York mayor and potential presidential candidate.” — USA Today

“Barrett and Collins leave no stone unturned to prove their thesis.” — Washington Post Book World

“...exhaustively researched and unsentimental peek behind the mythology...” — Daily News

“...a dissection of what happened on 9/11, often with years of history woven in.” — Daily News

“Barrett and Collins have asked some hard questions. Will other reporters follow their lead?” — The Huffington Post

“... punctures a hole in the myth of Giuliani as a praiseworthy terroism czar who prepared his city for tragedy....” — Los Angeles Times

“Things haven’t been as good for Rudy Giuliani since [9/11]. And this book won’t make it any better.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“...highly critical but rational and documented study of Giuliani’s mayoralty of New York City in relation to 9/11.” — Library Journal

“Grand Illusion will forever alter how the world sees Rudy Giuliani’s place in America’s deadliest terror attacks.” — Newsday

“...exposes deep flaws in the mayor’s management leading up to that day...flaws that warrant scrutiny....” — Newsday

“An eye-opener.” — People

“...signals an unofficial end to the honeymoon that ‘America’s mayor’ has enjoyed over the past five years... — Daily News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060536619
ISBN-10: 0060536616
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2007
Pages: 416
Language: English