Understanding September 11th: The Right Questions about the Attacks on America

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On September 11th, America was attacked. But while we know what happened on that tragic day, many of us don't understand why it happened. In this important book, Time magazine reporter Mitch Frank clearly explains why and answers these essential questions. What happened on September 11th? Who were the hijackers? - What is terrorism? What is Islam? - Why does the Middle East matter to us? Why did the terrorists target the United States? Why did we go after Afghanistan? Who are the Taliban? What is Islamism? Who is...
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Overview

On September 11th, America was attacked. But while we know what happened on that tragic day, many of us don't understand why it happened. In this important book, Time magazine reporter Mitch Frank clearly explains why and answers these essential questions. What happened on September 11th? Who were the hijackers? - What is terrorism? What is Islam? - Why does the Middle East matter to us? Why did the terrorists target the United States? Why did we go after Afghanistan? Who are the Taliban? What is Islamism? Who is Osama bin Laden? How has America changed since September 11th? Filled with pictures, maps, and straightforward explanations, this is the book that will enable young people to understand both the events of 9/11 and the history leading up to it. September 11th is a part of history that the world should know and never forget.

Explains the historical and religious issues that sparked terrorists to attack America on September 11, 2001, including information on Islam, Osama bin Laden, and the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Frank, a reporter for Time magazine, opens his informative if uneven narrative with a chilling account of his experiences on September 11, when he rushed from his Brooklyn Heights home to the scene of the disaster just after the first of the Twin Towers was hit. Using a question-and-answer format, the author then effectively distills for young readers information about the Middle East (especially Afghanistan), Islam, Islamism, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. He also discusses terrorist groups' hatred of America and their campaigns against it. Frank's writing is at times confusing or sloppy. He notes, "Many people said the whole world changed on September 11th. It didn't. America woke up in those two hours and suddenly saw the world in a different light." Yet on the following page, this statement appears: "On September 11th, the world changed in two hours." However, the book delves into pertinent topics in reasonable depth. Readers may find here a useful framework for examining the possible motives for the terrorist attacks and the U.S. government's subsequent responses. Illustrations include photographs and maps; final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A Time magazine reporter uses a journalistic approach to organize his information. Who were the hijackers? What is Islam? Why did the terrorists target the U.S.? Why did we go after Afghanistan? And so on. Although the answers are not footnoted, the bibliography is organized by chapters, so readers can see that Bernard Lewis's The Middle East (Scribner, 1995), Thomas Lippman's Understanding Islam (Meridian, 1995), and Don Belt's The World of Islam (National Geographic, 2001) informed the author's thinking, as did current periodicals. He offers fairly in-depth explanations of how Islam and terrorism diverge and when they come together, providing historical background, biography, and descriptions of important texts, such as the Qur'an and the Encyclopedia of Jihad. He presents an empathetic picture of Middle Eastern resentments. He is blunt in laying out the religious, political, and economic reasons for U.S. interest in the region and passionate about civil liberties. Black-and-white photographs, insets, maps, an index, and a glossary that includes a number of Muslim terms provide additional assistance.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
So often when big events occur, a flurry of articles appears in the newspapers, and when the reader feels the need for more background information-more context-it's too late; it's old news. This is an important volume for students and adult, because it provides that context. After several months of headlines, on-the-spot reports, news specials, and human-interest stories, many readers will crave a work such as this. Exactly what is al Qaeda? What is Islam? Why does the Middle East matter to us? Who are the Taliban? Why did we go after Afghanistan? Who is Osama bin Laden? These are some of the questions answered in this clearly written, straightforward report by Frank, a reporter for Time magazine. It supplies solid information, maps, photographs, and many sidebars with statistics, further information, and historical context. One detail, unfortunately, trivializes the account of the terrorism efforts: "When the Taliban had taken power, they had searched for all the television sets in the country and smashed them. Now Afghan men dug up TVs and VCRs they had buried in their backyards. One Afghan popped in a hidden copy of Titanic and sat down to watch." Clearly a Western perspective: fighting terrorism to make the world safe for the American movie industry. Otherwise, this report provides thorough information for a study of 9/11 or for looking up information on specific aspects of the story. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035878
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 281,430
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. What happened on September 11th? 5
2. Who were the hijackers? 17
3. What is terrorism? 24
4. What is Islam? 36
Map: The Early Spread of Islam 46
5. Why does the Middle East matter to us? 51
Map: The Middle East and Central Asia 54
6. Why did the terrorists target the United States? 60
7. Why did we go after Afghanistan? 72
Map: Afghanistan and Surrounding Region 75
8. Who are the Taliban? 84
9. What is Islamism? 98
10. Who is Osama bin Laden? 108
11. How has America changed since September 11th? 117
Glossary 126
Bibliography 131
Index 133
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