The 9/11 Encyclopedia [2 volumes] / Edition 2

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Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, The 9/11 Encyclopedia: Second Edition offers valuable perspective on this emotionally charged and multidimensional subject. This comprehensive two-volume encyclopedia details the events leading up to the attacks, going back a decade prior to 9/11, and covers all the major players involved. It also examines events and discoveries since 2001 that have influenced our understanding of—and reactions to—the world-changing attacks.

In the second edition, dozens of entries have been updated and many new ones added. The documents volume has been expanded as well. With more than 170 A–Z entries, dozens of descriptive sidebars, and over 55 primary-source documents, this updated encyclopedia is an essential source for comprehending one of the darkest moments in American history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An excellent source of information on the attacks and a valuable update of the first edition for public, school, and academic libraries." - Library Journal

"This encyclopedia is a fine ready-reference source, which will undoubtedly be helpful to library users wanting easily accessible material on this seminal event in American history." - Booklist

"Overall, this concise, well-written volume fills a big gap in reference sources concerning 9/11. Recommended." - Choice

"The 9/11 Encyclopedia astutely shifts through the mountain of information on the events surrounding the attacks and presents users with an easily accessible format for investigation of topics from 'Al Qaeda' to 'Ayman al-Zawahiri.' " - School Library Journal

"This encyclopedia will make a fine addition to any history collection in public libraries, high school media centers, and academic libraries in a higher education institution. The encyclopedia is relatively unique in covering the events of 9/11." - Reference Reviews

Library Journal
Atkins, editor of the first edition of The 9/11 Encyclopedia, died in March 2010 but is still listed as the editor of this work. The first volume opens with three essays examining the impact of 9/11 on public opinion, presidential powers, and U.S. foreign policy. Following those are 173 alphabetically arranged entries on related people, events, and issues, such as "anthrax attacks," "Bush doctrine," and "Madrid bombings"; numerous pieces also cover individual victims. Sidebars frequently accompany entries, and there are many black-and-white photographs throughout the material. Each entry is 300 to 3000 words in length and closes with a further-reading list. Several scholars contributed essays with updated perspectives about the impact of 9/11 on the people of the United States and on its foreign and domestic policies, and Spencer C. Tucker, senior fellow for military history at ABC-CLIO, provides new entries about recent events such as the debate about the building of a mosque near Ground Zero and the attempted car bombing in Times Square. Volume I also offers a time line surrounding 9/11 events and an annotated bibliography. Volume II is a rich collection of 55 primary-source documents—letters to, and speeches and testimony before, the United States Congress; eyewitness accounts; and daily presidential briefings. BOTTOM LINE An excellent source of information on the attacks and a valuable update of the first edition for public, school, and academic libraries.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida Polytechnic, Lakeland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598849219
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN E. ATKINS is Associate University Librarian for Collection Management at Texas A&M University. His numerous published works include Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups (Oryx 2002), Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy (Greenwood 2000), which was awarded a Booklist Editors' Choice Award for 2000, and Terrorism: A Handbook (1992).

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Table of Contents

Volume 1



Alphabetical List of Entries

List of Primary Documents

Guide to Related Topics


Encyclopedia entries

Volume 2

Chronology of Events Surrounding 9/11

Primary Documents

Annotated Bibliography


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