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H.J. Kirchhoff

A roundup of paperbacks about 9/11 Add to ...

The Looming Tower

Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11by Lawrence Wright, Vintage, 351 pages, $21

This Pulitzer-winning work begins 50 years before 9/11, tracking the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and al-Qaeda, and the failures of Western intelligence to prevent the attacks.

The Longest War

The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda, by Peter L. Bergen, Free Press, 475 pages, $18.99

Bergen traces the history of the war on terrorism since 9/11 to the present day. He offers a comprehensive account of the conflict, from the point of view of both the U.S. forces and al-Qaeda.


Was There an Alternative?, by Noam Chomsky, Seven Stories, 170 pages, $15.95

Chomsky’s 9-11, published immediately after the attacks, was the first clear-headed attempt to discuss 9/11 in the context of U.S. foreign policy.

Poetry After 9/11

An Anthology of New York Poets, edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians, Melville House, 111 pages, $16.95

Another 10th-anniversary edition, and the first book published by Melville House, Poetry after 9/11 features the work of 45 of the city’s leading poets.

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