9/11 and the War on Terror

Here is New York
Here is New York was a democracy of photography. It is images of the time after 9/11 taken by professionals and amateurs. There was an exhibit that was/is ongoing at the New York Historical Society and a book. The online site lets you see images and hear audio interviews.
Graphic Novel
Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colon. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. New York: Fararr, Strauss and Giroux, 2006.
"Jacobson and Colon intend this adaptation to bring to the commission's report readers who would not or could not digest its nearly 800 pages, and they have the blessing, acknowledged in this book's foreword, of the commission's chair and vice-chair to do so. Neither lurid nor simplistic, it presents the essence of the commission's work in a manner that, especially in the opening section, is able to surpass aspects of any text-only publication: the four stories of the doomed flights are given on the same foldout pages so that readers can truly grasp the significance of how simultaneous events can and did overwhelm our national information and defense systems. The analysis that follows in the subsequent 11 chapters cuts cleanly to the kernels of important history, politics, economics, and procedural issues that both created and exacerbated the effects of the day's events. Colon's full-color artwork provides personality for the named players-U.S. presidents and Al-Qaeda operatives alike-as well as the airline passengers, office workers, fire fighters, and bureaucrats essential to the report."-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Mayer, Jane. "The Battle for a Country's Soul." The New York Review of Books. July 15, 2008.

Graphic Novel
Spiegleman, Art. In the Shadow of No Towers. New York: Pantheon, 2004.
Graphic novel of Spiegleman's experiece of September 11th and afterward.
Audio Story
This American Life, Episode 206.
"This episode of This American Life is hilarious.
206: Somewhere in the Arabian Sea
. Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea that's supporting bombing missions over Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly F-18s and F-14s. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. One person stocks vending machines, twelve hours a day. Hundreds prepare food and do laundry. There are several different garage bands, each with its own following. This American Life producers Wendy Dorr, Alex Blumberg and Ira Glass visited the Stennis in January of 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The entire hour is devoted to this one story." -thisamericanlife.org
Audio & Website
The Sonic Memorial Project
"SonicMemorial.org is an open archive and an online audio installation of the history of The World Trade Center. We are continuing to collect stories, ambient sounds, voicemails, and archival recordings to tell the rich history of the twin towers, the neighborhood and the events of 9/11. Led by NPR's Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project is a cross-media collaboration of more than 50 independent radio and new media producers, artists, historians, and people from around the world who have contributed personal and archival recordings. To date, we have gathered more than 1,000 contributions, many of which have been woven into feature stories by Lost & Found Sound and broadcast on NPR." - sonicmemorial.org
Non-Fiction Book
Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.

Non-Fiction Book
Levy, Bernard-Henri. Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism. Random House, 2008.
Bernard-Henri Lévy scrutinizes the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those on the horizon, and argues powerfully for a new political and moral vision for our times. Are human rights Western or universal? Does anti-Semitism have a future, and, if so, what will it look like? And how is it that progressives themselves–those who in the past defended individual rights and fought fascism–have now become the breeding ground for new kinds of dangerous attitudes: an unthinking loathing of Israel; an obsessive anti-Americanism; an idea of “tolerance” that, in its justification of Islamic fanaticism, for example, could become the “cemetery of democracies”; and an indifference, masked by relativism, to the greatest human tragedies facing the world today? (from amazon.com)

Non-Fiction Book
Packer, George. The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Documentary Film
In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01
In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 follows Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his staff from their first realization of what had occurred, through the despair and tears, to a renewed strength that would emerge. The documentary presents a panoramic and unique historical record of that fateful day in New York City.
Documentary Film
Kennedy, Rory. "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib." USA. 2007.
The familiar and disturbing pictures of torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison raise many troubling questions: How did torture become an accepted practice at Abu Ghraib? Did U.S. government policies make it possible? How much damage has the aftermath of Abu Ghraib had on America's credibility as a defender of freedom and human rights around the world? (from imdb.com)
HBO's website has more resources:
Levin, Marc. "Protocols of Zion." USA. 2005.
Not long after 9/11, New York filmmaker Marc Levin took a taxi driven by an Egyptian, and in the course of their late-night ride, the cabbie made the startling charge that the Jews had been warned not to go to work at the World Trade Center on that fateful day. Provoked by this incredible statement, Levin questioned him on his assertion, to which the driver responded, "It's all written in the book." The book in question was "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," and that late-night conversation sparked Levin's probing new documentary Protocols of Zion. (from hbo.com) (95 minutes)
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