"The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition)" by the by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks"
Amazon.com calls it an important modern historic document and "a comprehensive and alarming look at one of the biggest intelligence failures in history and the events that led up to it."
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"The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation" by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
If the weighty report from the 9/11 Commission feels too cumbersome to read, then this presentation might work better. It's streamlined and, as the title makes clear, it's generously illustrated.
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"Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11" by Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins
People magazine calls this book "an eye-opener." Since Sept. 11, the former mayor often has been portrayed as hero and saint. Barrett and Collins, who is a senior producer at CBSNews.com, put that assessment under the microscope and come up with a picture that's not so pretty.
"The Good Life" by Jay McInerney
Publishers Weekly calls it a "tender and entertaining" novel "about a group of privileged New Yorkers who are led to reassess their lives --: and become in many ways better people -- in the wake of the 9/11 attacks."
"Windows on the World: A Novel" by Frederic Beigbeder got strong reviews but sold modestly, leading one publishing executive to tell the Associated Press, "I still think it's extremely hard for people to look at 9/11 fully in the face. So much of the anxiety and concern is projected in other directions, like toward 'The Da Vinci Code' and other conspiracy thrillers."
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"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright received a glowing review from the New York Times, which sums it up as "the road to 9/11 as seen through the lives of terrorist planners and the FBI counterterrorism chief." It has found a place on the best sellers list.
"Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma To Hope" by Gail Sheehy
Middletown, N.J., suffered the "largest concentrated death toll" on Sept. 11 of any other place in the U.S., with nearly 50 victims. Sheehy spent almost two years talking to survivors, relatives and friends and drawing a portrait of how one town wrestled with the emotional and social fallout of the tragedy.