School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-Roleff's useful compendium offers thematically arranged perspectives from witnesses in New York and Washington, DC, U.S. and world leaders, the blamed and the accusers, and war proponents and opponents. Readers will discover a journal excerpt from an army chaplain visiting the Pentagon, Tony Blair's address to the House of Commons, a transcript of an Osama bin Laden videotape, and the Falwell/Robertson interview. A brief introduction precedes each entry; the citations follow. This will be a sought-after research tool. Stewart tells much of the story through footnoted, anecdotal accounts. Survivors of the Twin Towers describe a person with "the skin from his wrist-hanging down past his fingertips," coworkers being sucked out of office windows, details of people jumping from the buildings. An airport employee recalls checking in two of the hijackers. Sensitive readers may have difficulty with the specificity; others will be pulled in. From the series introduction and excerpts to the text headings and black-and-white photographs, there is an emphasis on the horror and panic, with graphic descriptions. Even the tone of the final chapters on airport security and life since 9/11 is fatalistic and somewhat frightening.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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