The Age of Terror

The Age of Terror

America and the World After September 11

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Eight scholars discuss different aspects of terrorism and how it can be contained and ultimately defeated.

Perseus Publishing
"Momentous events have a way of connecting individuals both to history and to one another. So it was on September 11. Even before more than 4000 people died in less than two hours, there were farewell"

Momentous events have a way of connecting individuals both to history and to one another. So it was on September 11. Even before more than 4000 people died in less than two hours, there were farewell messages from the sky. In their last minutes, doomed passengers used cell phones to reach loved ones. A short time later, office workers trapped high in the burning towers called spouses, children, parents. Never had so many had the means to say good-bye. During the hours afterward, the survivors scrambled to make contact with family and friends. "Are you all right?" they asked. As the enormity of it all began to sink in, the question hanging in the air was, Were we all right? Since September 11, many have noted a humbling irony: the more time we'd spent in the old world and the better we thought we understood its organizing principles, the less ready we were for the new one. Suddenly, familiar terms and concepts were inadequate, starting with the word terrorism itself. The dictionary defines it as violence, particularly against civilians, carried out for a political purpose. September 11 certainly qualified. But American's earlier encounters with terrorism neither anticipated nor encopmassed this new manifestation. Commentators instantly evoked Pearl Harbor, that other bolt-from-the-blue raid, sixty years before, as the closest thing to a precedent. But there really was none. This was something new under the sun.


Book News
Four historians, a career diplomat, a professor of law, a political scientist, and a molecular biologist, most at Yale University, ponder implications of the September 2001 attacks. There are no bibliographical references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Basic Books : Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780465083565
0465083560
Characteristics: xxiv, 232 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Chanda, Nayan
Talbott, Strobe

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