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The 9/11 Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

The 9/11 Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

by Steven E Atkins

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Horror. Sadness. Protests. Military action. Conspiracy theories. From personal loss to economic upheaval to a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign relations, few events in the past 100 years have impacted American life so greatly as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This comprehensive two-volume set details every event leading up to 9/11, going back up to a


Horror. Sadness. Protests. Military action. Conspiracy theories. From personal loss to economic upheaval to a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign relations, few events in the past 100 years have impacted American life so greatly as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This comprehensive two-volume set details every event leading up to 9/11, going back up to a decade prior to the attacks, and including all participants from any place in the world. Also covered are events since the attack that have influenced our understanding of the ordeal. With A-Z entries, descriptive sidebars, and over 40 primary documents, The 9/11 Encyclopedia is an essential source for understanding one of the blackest marks on the pages of American history.

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"No event in the twenty first century has had anywhere near the impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Encyclopedia is a complete and comprehensive two volume collection on the topic, covering each aspect of the tragedy and its aftermath, as thorough as can be seven years later. Remembering Flight 93, connections to the bombing in 1993, and explanations of conspiracy theories are all within volume one of the set. Volume two looks at Bin Laden's Jihad, and includes interviews with survivors of the attacks alongside people who conducted rescues. Many more issues covered in incredible depth in this expertly compiled, scholarly reference worthy of community and college library politics and reference collections." - Midwest Book Review

"Atkins edits this unique source, which provides an expansive overview of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Examining many different aspects of the attacks, the topics range from key players for the US and al-Qaeda, to government policies before and after 9/11, individual governmental agency response, and engineering considerations of the Twin Towers. The set profiles the aftermath of 9/11, including rescue and recovery efforts, American reprisals, and economic impacts, as well as offering political commentaries on the events. The first volume features alphabetical entries on topics including Osama bin Laden (more than six pages), the movie Fahrenheit 9/11, and pilot training for September 11. Entry sidebars offer additional information, usually a primary source quotation on the topic. The second volume provides over 40 primary source documents concerning the event. Documents include translations of Osama bin Laden's statements, survivor and rescue personnel testimony, and official government statements and positions. Bibliographies, indexes, and a comprehensive time line strengthen this source. As post-analysis of 9/11 increases, solid reference sources are vital. Overall, this encyclopedia is very well organized and thorough; it deserves a place in any reference collection. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers." - Choice

"… Readers will find an alphabetical list of 158 entries of people and events leading up to, taking place on, and occurring in the time after 9/11 and synthesized to elicit key information about each entry. Together with the list of 42 primary documents, chronology, annotated bibliography, index, and guide to related topics, this volume brings context and frames the wealth of expert knowledge incorporated into the body of this work….Atkins has made some sense out of one of the most tragic days in American history. Comprehensive enough for graduates and scholars, yet clear and concise enough for undergraduates, this would make a welcome addition to any library." - Library Journal, Starred Review

"This is a well-written and succinctly organized work that serves as an effective introduction to the issues and personalities leading up to 9/11 and the U.S. responses to these attacks. This set is recommended for academic and public libraries." - ARBA

"In terms of page layouts, volume navigation, design and readability, this encyclopaedia is top of its class. Author Atkins. . . has not only done an excellent job of making sense of the mass data produced as a result of 9/11, but by collecting key documents together in a single volume, relating these to the encyclopaedia entries, and then combining the two sequences in a single index, he has done something that every scholar-librarian should aspire to: making knowledge accessibl whatever its origin and format." - Reference Reviews

"Stephen J. Atkins, Associate University Librarian at Texas A&M University, and author of several other works of reference, has, in two volumes, brought together a mass of information, clearly laid out, and thoroughly annotated, on 9/11 and its most immediate aftermath. . . Atkins does a good job and has provided a very valuable work of reference." - The Middle East Journal

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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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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Praeger Security International Series
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7.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.80(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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