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Remembering 9/11: 9/11 in Context
The road to 9/11, and its impact on the United States and the world.
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Title: The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Publisher: Norton
ISBN: 0393326713
Call Number: 973.931 N2133N
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: The 9/11 Commission Report is the result of months of investigation by a bipartisan panel charged with analyzing the September 11th attacks, identifying lessons learned, and providing recommendations to avoid future terrorist attacks. What results is a straightforward and dispassionate account of all actions that led up to the attacks, details of exactly what happened on that day, and suggested improvements to the intelligence system. Despite being a 400 page federal document the book is entirely readable: "Without trivializing any of the events or diminishing the people involved, it reads like a Shakespearean drama," says Publisher's Weekly.

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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author: Amis, Martin
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1400044545
Call Number: 974.879 AM57S
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: The controversial bestselling novelist Martin Amis here collects 14 of his intense essays on the topic of 9/11. Attacking radical Islam, President Bush, Tony Blair, and the Iraq War in turn, the essays trace the international aftereffects of that fateful day in September. The New York Observer calls the collection "A walking tour of the motley post-September 11th mind--its fears, madnesses, misapprehension and insights," and the Washington Post says it "bristles with intelligence [and] snaps and snarls."

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Title: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Author: Coll, Steve
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594200076
Call Number: 958.1045 C683G
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Steve Coll, managing editor for the Washington Post, covered Afghanistan from 1989-1992. Here he uses his experience to present an insider's view of the CIA's involvement in the development of the Taliban before the events of 9/11. He shows how Afghanistan became a playing field for international politics as different countries armed warring factions there, and how the CIA's less than committed engagement in Afghanistan after the end of the Soviet war left officials unprepared to deal with the rise of the Taliban. He also chronicles the CIA's unsuccessful attempts to capture and kill Bin Laden after 1998. The New York Times Book Review calls it "Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan...Ghost Wars provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions."

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Title: The Forever War
Author: Filkins, Dexter
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307266397
Call Number: 956.7044 F479F
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Forever War chronicles through a series of intense vignettes the rise of the Taliban, the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Author Dexter Filkins is a prize-winning foreign war correspondent for the New York Times, and his book is based on his own experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq since 1998. The New York Times Book Review calls it "Stunning...This unforgettable narrative represents...a haunting spiritual witness that will make this volume a part of this awful war's history."

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Title: Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11th
Author: Friedman, Thomas
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
ISBN: 0374190666
Call Number: 973.931 F914L
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Thomas Friedman won a Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat after September 11th. Longitudes and Attitudes collects the columns he published about that day as well as his reporting on the post-9/11 world, as he traveled and spoke with men and women from around the globe. What results is a snapshot of how ordinary people dealt with 9/11 and its aftermath. Rolling Stone elaborates, "When the world was Friedman, more than any other journalist, who was there to explain what happened and why...To read [Longitudes and Attitudes] is to relive an anguishing year in world history but also to witness a more human-size drama: Through these dispatches, you see a man trying to explain the unthinkable not only to his readers but to himself."

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Title: The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
Author: Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colon
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 0809057395
Call Number: 973.931 J159n
Reading Level: Adult/Teen.
Notes: For readers who are struggling with the long 9/11 Commission Report, this graphic adaptation is only 15 percent of the size and yet still manages to convey the essence of the text. Jacobson's writing frequently follows word-for-word the original report, and Colon's illustrations brings it to life. Comics veteran Stan Lee praises, "Never before have I seen a non-fiction book as beautifully and compellingly written and illustrated as The 9/11 Report, A Graphic Adaptation. I cannot recommend it too highly. It will surely set the standard for all future works of contemporary history, graphic or otherwise."

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Title: The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It
Author: Miller, John and Michael Stone and Chris Mitchell
ISBN: 0786869003
Call Number: 973.931 M615c
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Written by ABC 20/20 co-anchor John Miller--who conducted a rare interview with bin Laden-- and two veteran reporters, this book traces the 9/11 attacks back ten years to its beginnings in one terrorist "cell." Following terrorist attacks from the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990 to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and beyond, it shows how the NYPD, FBI, and CIA may have actually had information on the 9/11 attack but failed to act on it. Publisher's Weekly calls it "[An] eye-opening investigation . . . Miller, Stone, and Mitchell connect a lot of dots in this frightening and important book."

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Title: A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag: America Today
Author: Noonan, Peggy
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 0743250052
Call Number: 973.931 N737H
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Former Regan speechwriter Peggy Noonan collects the columns she wrote for The Wall Street Journal during the year following the September 11th attacks. The open and emotional essays catalog her shock on the day of the attacks and her appreciation for her fellow New Yorkers who pulled together to help each other, and continue on to address the effects of 9/11 on the world. Booklist praises the book as "thoughtful, introspective, and deeply patriotic...Noonan's columns are often extremely optimistic--she sees the best in the people and the leaders of the U.S., which makes this an inspiring collection." Note: limited availability.

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Title: The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism
Author: Suskind, Ron
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 0061430625
Call Number: 973.931 SU81W
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind paints a picture of the post-9/11 world in this book. He shows how America is struggling to regain its moral authority and fight against the threat of terrorists laying hands on nuclear weapons through the interwoven stories of an international cast of characters. The New York Times Book Review calls it "Startling. . . . Chilling. . . . A reportorial feat. . . . Suskind skillfully traces several interwoven stories of cultural clashes and cross-pollination, all of them pursuing the questions of whether America and the Muslim world can ever look past their differences and find understanding."

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Title: American Widow
Author: Torres, Alissa
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: 9780345500694
Call Number: Graphic Novel
Reading Level: Adult/Teen.
Notes: Alissa Torres's husband began work at the World Trade Center on September 10, 2001. This powerful graphic novel tells the story of how the couple met, his death, and how Alissa survived the following year, including the birth of their first child. It gives a human face to all of those who were left behind. Publisher's Weekly writes, "This deeply personal book is at times raw, angry, bleak and lyrical. The best prose comes out of Torres's moments of pure, lonely grief, which punctuate her confusing and at times horrifying experiences with various aid agencies, family members, friends and strangers."