What if former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn’t the hero everybody thought? What if, like Bush, Giuliani had ignored myriad pre-9/11 warnings about terrorism? What if he thus left the city ill-prepared to respond to such a disaster? That’s the provocative thesis of a new book written by two top-flight investigative journalists.
It’s the unexamined question of 9/11: What if Rudy Giuliani wasn’t quite the hero everybody thought?
For nearly five years now, we’ve all lived in the glow of “America’s mayor,” that soot-covered father figure who rose to meet the greatest challenge of all. Rudy standing firm in the terror aftermath. Rudy guiding a rattled city back to its feet.
There was no denying this much in those early days of confusion: New York’s grim-faced mayor looked a whole lot more in charge than America’s deer-in-the-headlights president.