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Annotation:Editors from Columbia University’s Oral
History Research Office present stories of
the attacks and their aftermath, conveying the immediacy and horror of the scene around the World Trade Center Towers.
Annotation:Benfante — catapulted to hero
status after he and a co-worker were
photographed carrying a woman in a
wheelchair down 68 floors and out of the
World Trade Center just minutes before
it imploded — tells his post-9/11 tale of
emotional and economic hardships, and
the searing guilt of a survivor.
Annotation:Bergen describes success and failure in
the “war on terror,” discussing Al-Qaeda’s
misunderstanding of the West, and the
lessons that the U.S. military learned from
its mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Annotation:A succinct history spanning centuries,
hitting the major chronological points and
historical details of Muslims living in North
America, and covering both Middle-
Eastern immigrant and American Muslims.
Annotation:The competing needs and dreams of an
American woman losing her grip and an
Iranian emigrant struggling for a foothold
rush ominously towards each other in this
tragic masterpiece of misunderstanding.
Annotation:When his father dies in the 9/11 attacks,
precocious nine-year-old Oskar Schell is
left with a mystery to solve, the answer to
which proves to be nothing less than the
meaning of life itself.
Annotation:An accessible introduction to Muslims
and their faith, which replaces dangerous
characterizations of Islam as an enemy
with an understanding of Islam as a faith
intimately connected to Christianity and
Annotation:A dramatic account of how the United
States made terrible decisions in the
pursuit of terrorists around the world —
decisions that violated the Constitution
and hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda.
Annotation:Who can forget the events of 11/9/2001,
when American Christian fundamentalists
attacked the United Arab States? This
thought-provoking thriller by a Seattle
author holds a mirror up to madness.
Annotation:Renata has had more than her share of
grief and loss, but more trauma starts as
she walks across the Brooklyn Bridge to
work and sees “a huge marigold bursting
open” as a plane crashes into the towers.
Annotation:A moving and inspiring account of the inside story of the building of the Vietnam Vererans Memorial. Initially controversial, Maya Lin's stunningly simple concept, two polished granite walls in the shape of a V, now stands on Washington's Mall.
Annotation:Soufan was the FBI’s most knowledgeable
special agent dealing with al-Qaeda’s
activities, and became the source of the
most useful actionable intelligence on this
terrorist organization. Purportedly, the
best and most original book published in
the West on al-Qaeda.