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Septempber 11th


The Stories They Tell: Artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial Museum

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This poignant selection of artifacts—and their stories—from September 11 provides an official, lasting record of that day’s experience. In both text and photography, the story of September 11 is told through a selection of powerfully moving artifacts from the 9/11 museum’s collection that serve as touchstones to the day and its aftermath. From crushed FDNY trucks to the steel that was pierced as planes struck the Twin Towers, from victims’ property pulled from the wreckage and returned to families (who later donated the property to the museum) to spontaneous memorials collected from around Ground Zero, the array of objects tell complex and often surprising stories. Poignant artifacts as monumental as the Vesey Street staircase—which offered an escape for thousands fleeing the towers—and as intimate as a loved one’s wedding band or last recorded phone message are selected to illuminate people’s experiences during and after September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is to bear solemn witness to the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center. The museum honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath.

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14 Cows for America

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Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Brand: Carmen Agra Deedy Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah

In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed upon the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unexpected as it is extraordinary.
A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away.
Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope and friendship.

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Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11

Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 Lowest new price: $10.27
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Author: Tom McMillan
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The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 have earned their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes. Flight 93 provides a riveting narrative based on interviews, oral histories, transcripts, recordings, personal tours of the crash site, and voluminous trial evidence made public only in recent years. There also is plenty of chilling new detail for readers who think they know the story of the flight. Utilizing research tools that were not available in the years immediately after the crash, the book offers the most complete account of what actually took place aboard United 93 – from its delayed takeoff at Newark International Airport to the moment it plunged upside-down at 563 miles per hour into an open field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

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Author: Slavoj Zizek
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Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Žižek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.

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American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11

American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11 Lowest new price: $19.68
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Author: James M Kendra
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When the terrorist attacks struck New York City on September 11, 2001, boat operators and waterfront workers quickly realized that they had the skills, the equipment, and the opportunity to take definite, immediate action in responding to the most significant destructive event in the United States in decades. For many of them, they were “doing what needed to be done.”

 

American Dunkirk shows how people, many of whom were volunteers, mobilized rescue efforts in various improvised and spontaneous ways on that fateful date. Disaster experts James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf examine the efforts through fieldwork and interviews with many of the participants to understand the evacuation and its larger implications for the entire practice of disaster management.

 

The authors ultimately explore how people—as individuals, groups, and formal organizations—pull together to respond to and recover from startling, destructive events. American Dunkirk asks, What can these people and lessons teach us about not only surviving but thriving in the face of calamity?

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The Man in the Red Bandanna

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Author: Honor Crowther Fagan
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When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red bandanna, which he always carried with him. On September 11, 2001, Welles Remy Crowther saved numerous people from the upper floors of the World Trade Center South Tower. "The Man in the Red Bandanna" recounts and celebrates his heroism on that day. Welles' story carries an inspirational message that will resonate with adults as well as young children.

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The Memory of Things: A Novel

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Author: Gae Polisner

"[A] gripping, emotional story set in the part of history we’ll never forget." - New York Daily News

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? Gae Polisner's The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain―it tells a story of hope.

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Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

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Author: Lisa Beamer
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2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner!
The best-seller that has brought comfort and hope to millions in the wake of 9/11 is now available in softcover! Let's Roll!―the moving, behind-the-scenes story of United Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer and his widow, Lisa―is so much more than a tribute. A message of character, courage, and undeniable faith in the face of horrifying tragedy, it encourages anyone who reads it to live real life right now . . . and to have confidence and hope for the future.

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Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11

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Author: Joan Didion
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In Fixed Ideas Joan Didion describes how, since September 11, 2001, there has been a determined effort by the administration to promote an imperial America—a "New Unilateralism"—and how, in many parts of America, there is now a "disconnect" between the government and citizens.

 

"[Americans] recognized even then [immediately after 9/11], with flames still visible in lower Manhattan, that the words 'bipartisanship' and 'national unity' had come to mean acquiescence to the administration's preexisting agenda—for example the imperative for further tax cuts, the necessity for Arctic drilling, the systematic elimination of regulatory and union protections, even the funding for the missile shield."

 

Frank Rich in his preface notes: "The reassuring point of the fixed ideas was to suppress other ideas that might prompt questions or fears about either the logic or hidden political agendas of those conducting what CNN branded as 'America's New War.'"

 

He adds, "This White House is famously secretive and on-message, but its skills go beyond that. It knows the power of narrative, especially a single narrative with clear-cut heroes and evildoers, and it knows how to drown out any distracting subplots before they undermine the main story."

 

Book and cover design by Milton Glaser, Inc.

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The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

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Author: Sid Jacobson
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The 9/11 Report for Every American


On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government's fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.

Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson's text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.

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The 9/11 Report for Every American

On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.

Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson’s text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.



"Never before have I seen a nonfiction 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, and should be required reading in every home, school and library." --Stan Lee

A Statement on The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
The cave paintings in Altamira, Spain, tell stories. Mostly they tell tales of the hunt. Drawn during the Paleolithic Stone Age, they still amaze us with their lucidity and directness. As an artist, and as an editor and writer in the graphic medium, we each pay homage to those delineators and interpreters of experience. They offered accounts of what happened and provided a way of remembering, honoring, and learning. When retold by the fire's flickering light, these stories must have lent the drawings a compelling, virtual movement. There is something eerie, but deeply gratifying, in knowing that a direct line runs from our contemporary comic art to these earliest efforts to record and convey what happened. Storyteller, audience, drawings depicting continuity of event: it all sounds familiar. In a culture that has become the most visually oriented in the history of humankind, comics retain the original concept of storytelling and remain a potent force of information. Read more




Excerpts from The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation







Timeline of Terror

American Airline Flight 11 (AA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 7:59: Takeoff
• 8:14: Last routine radio communication; likely takeover
• 8:19: Flight attendant notifies AA of hijacking
• 8:21: Transponder is turned off
• 8:23: AA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 8:25: Boston Center aware of hijacking
• 8:38: Boston Center notifies NEADS of hikacking
• 8:46: NEADS scrambles Otis fighter jets in search of AA 11
• 8:46:40: AA 11 crashes into 1 WTC (North Tower)
• 8:53: Otis fighter jets airborne
• 9:16: AA headquarters aware that Flight 11 has crashed into WTC
• 9:21: Boston Center advises NEADS that AA 11 is airborne heading for Washington
• 9:24: NEADS scrambles Langley fighter jets in search of AA 11

United Airline Flight 175 (UA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 8:14: Takeoff
• 8:42: Last routine radio communication
• 8:42-8:46: Likely takeover
• 8:47: Transponder code changes
• 8:52: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking
• 8:54: UA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 8:55: New York Center suspects hijacking
• 9:03:11: Flight 175 crashes into 2 WTC (South Tower)
• 9:15: New York Center advises NEADS that UA 175 was the second aircraft crashed into WTC
• 9:20: UA Headquarters aware that Flight 175 had crashed into WTC

American Airline Flight 7 (AA 77)
Washington, DC to Los Angeles
• 8:20: Takeoff
• 8:51: Last routine radio communication
• 8:51-8:54: Likely takeover
• 8:54: Flight 77 makes unauthorized turn to south
• 8:56: Transponder is turned off
• 9:05: AA headquarters aware that Flight 77 is hijacked
• 9:25: Herndon Command Center orders nationwide ground stop
• 9:32: Dulles tower observes radar of fast-moving aircraft (later identified as AA 77)
• 9:34: FAA advises NEADS that AA 77 is missing
• 9:37:46: AA 77 crashes into the Pentagon
• 10:30: AA headquarters confirms Flight AA crash into Pentagon

United Airline Flight 93 (UA 93)
Newark to San Francisco
• 8:42: Takeoff
• 9:24: Flight 93 receives warning from UA about possible cockpit intrusion
• 9:27: Last routine radio communication
• 9:28: Likely takeover
• 9:34: Herndon Command Center advises FAA headquarters that UA 93 is hijacked
• 9:36: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking; UA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 9:41: Transponder is turned off
• 9:57: Passenger revolt begins
• 10:03:11: Flight 93 crashes in field in Shanksville, PA
• 10:07: Cleveland Center advises NEADS of UA 93 hijacking
• 10:15: UA headquarters aware that Flight 93 has crashed in PA; Washington Center advises NEADS that Flight 93 has crashed in PA


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