Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Review of "9.11BOX"

4 stars

ISBN 0974283665

Where were you on September 11th, 2001? What were you doing when you first heard that the United States was under a terrorist attack? Perhaps, like my family, you didn't hear about the attacks for a couple of hours after they started. Perhaps you were in New York City, and were an eyewitness to the attacks. I remember where I was, and what I was doing. I was only 14 at the time, and my mom and siblings and I were grocery shopping in our local Wal-Mart. All the store associates where called into a little huddle in the middle of the store. I recall wondering why so many associates were walking away crying. A few minutes later, we found out. In the check-out lane, the checker said airplanes had crashed into the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon, and she mentioned the White House was on fire, the Supreme Court had been bombed, and the President and Vice President were dead. While, we later learned, the early reports were not the way she had told us, it soon became clear that something major was happening. We sat at a doctor's office for a long while, watching live news on a tiny, grainy television. Where were you?

In "9.11BOX", the events leading up to, on the day of, and after September 11th are clearly recounted. It can be painful to read and relive our memories of that day, no matter how old or young we may be, but in many ways, it will be healing for the survivors.

"9.11BOX" combines two publications, "NEWYORKSEPTEMBERELEVENTWOTHOUSANDONE" and "Rethink: Cause and Consequences of September 11". "NY09112001" presents an intimate, minute-by-minute, historical account of the events, including transcriptions of phone calls to 911 and journal entries by Salman Rushdie and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, among others. In "Rethink", fifty contributors, including the world's most dedicated writers and photojournalists, tell a story of crushing emotional weight and ask us to look beyond the immediate events of 9/11 to realize the causes and consequences of this global tragedy. There are also many other essays written by public figures, including Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Kors, Bill Moyers, Liam Neeson, Joan Rivers, George W. Bush, Gen. Wesley K. Clark, and the Dalai Lama,among others.

This work of art, although possibly pricey for most Americans at $120, is THE essential guide to all that transpired on that, tragic unforgettable day in 2001. The day awoke full of beauty,hope, and promise, yet, at the end of the day, no one was the same, and, truly, will never be the same. We are all victims, and will forever carry the scars.

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