Ten years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the country has had time to process what happened that day and reflect on what it means for individual families, the country and the world. Several books coming out to commemorate the decade since the attacks, both new books and special editions of old best-sellers, capture that perspective in writing.
Here are a few of the noteworthy books scheduled to be in bookstores for the anniversary:
"The 9/11 Commission Report," by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
A report by a government commission doesn't usually make the New York Times bestseller list, but this 2004 report on the government's findings and recommendations after the Sept. 11 attacks is a notable exception. The book's publisher is releasing a 10th anniversary edition with a new afterword by the commission's executive director explaining what happened to those recommendations.
"9-11," by Noam Chomsky
Instead of looking at the attacks themselves, Chomsky put them in context, tracing America's political action and foreign policy across the globe through history and leading up to the attacks. He then warns against responding with violence that could lead to more violence. Originally released a month after the attacks, the book's following grew over time. A 10th anniversary edition is being released at the end of August.
"After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 11 and the Years that Followed," by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith
Hundreds of New Yorkers were interviewed by Columbia University's Oral History Research Office over the course of several years to detail how New York changed after the Sept. 11 attacks -- both in the immediate aftermath and in the following years.
"The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama bin Laden," by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
Drawing from government documents, interviews and 10 years of research, this book bills itself as the "essential one-volume work" on Sept. 11. Starting with events within the government before Sept. 11, it then follows the aftermath of the attacks through Osama bin Laden's death in May.
"9/11: The World Speaks," by the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and Lee Ielpi, with contributions from Tom Brokaw and Rudolph Giuliani
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center opened across from the World Trade Center in 2006. More than 200,000 cards with reflections from visitors from across the globe have been collected since then. This book is a selected collection of those remembrances.
"A Place of Remembrance: Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial," by Allison Blais and Lynn Rasic, with a foreword by Michael Bloomberg
Timed for release as the National Sept. 11 Memorial opens at the World Trade Center, this National Geographic book mixes photos and architectural plans of the site with comments from the people who lived through the attacks and worked to rebuild the site in the years that followed.
"The Legacy Letters: Messages of Life and Hope from 9/11 Family Members," by Tuesday's Children and Brian Curtis
One hundred people who lost family members in the 9/11 terrorist attacks honor their loved ones with letters reflecting on the attacks and looking forward. Proceeds from the book will benefit Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit group that serves people impacted by Sept. 11 and terrorist acts worldwide.
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