In the year of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, much has been said about that fateful day, yet we don’t often explore the story of the day as it was truly lived. One of America’s most distinguished journalists and historians, GARRETT M. GRAFF draws on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members in his New York Times bestselling book The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11. Providing an in-depth narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma, Graff helps us to understand the America we live in today by showing us a vivid exploration of humanity and extraordinary resilience on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.
“Eventually, of course, all of us who remember 9/11 will be gone, and some of our stories will be forgotten. But, thanks to Graff’s fine work, many will endure”— Jay Carney, former White House Press Secretary and Amazon's current Sr Vice President for Global Affairs
The author of numerous critically acclaimed books, Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky is the definitive oral history of the worst terrorist attack to happen on U.S. soil. Detailing the horrifying events that led to the largest loss of life since the Battle of Antietam during the civil war, the book pulls together 500 first-hand accounts from Americans across the country as the attacks unfolded. CNN’s Anderson Cooper says, “The Only Plane in the Sky is a stunning and important work—chilling, heartbreaking—and I cannot stop thinking about it.” Graff is also the author of The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI, known as the definitive account of Robert Mueller’s career in the FBI, as well as Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battles Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat.
As an award-winning journalist, Graff is a frequent contributor to Wired, Longreads, and CNN. He’s also written for publications from Esquire to Rolling Stone to the New York Times, edited two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine, and has had his reporting featured on shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. As in his writing, Graff’s talks leverage his instinct for hard facts with his imaginative consideration of the history that underpins our present—and future.
“Had me turning each page with my heart in my throat…There’s been a lot written about 9/11, but nothing like this. I urge you to read The Only Plane in the Sky”Katie Couric
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In this rousing and inspiring talk, Garrett M. Graff—who has spent a dozen years covering Washington, D.C., including the last two years covering Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump and who wrote the only existing biography of the special counsel—breaks down the state of American politics heading into the 2020 election.
Grounded in American history and on-the-ground experience covering politics from the White House to the FBI to the State Department—Graff connects the musical Hamilton, Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, the opioid epidemic, and the new, swirling questions around presidential impeachment to bring audiences an up-to-the-moment understanding of the American political landscape, Donald Trump’s impact on Washington, and how to think about the 2020 presidential campaign. He explains, in clear terms, what unfolded in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the realities of what the special counsel concluded and why, how Democrats and Republicans have reacted, and what America needs to do to secure its democratic process going forward.
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