After: The Rebuilding and Defending of America in the September 12 Era

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 2, 2003 - History - 723 pages
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The critics unanimously agree that brilliant, award-winning reporter and bestselling author Steven Brill has written a powerful and sweeping narrative of the country in the first year of the September 12 era. As "the pages flutter" -- marvels one critic -- "in a race to learn the rest of the story we thought we knew so well," Brill takes us from the White House Situation Room to the living rooms of victims' families, from courtrooms to boardrooms, from border crossings to airport tarmacs.
We watch as a Customs inspector struggles to protect New York harbor from a dirty bomb; a storekeeper at Ground Zero rebuilds his shoe repair shop; a Silicon Valley entrepreneur lobbies to get his baggage screening systems into every airport; Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge battles the bureaucratic minefields of Washington; a New Jersey widow struggles to help her three children cope with the loss of their father; and John Ashcroft seizes the moment to become the most powerful and controversial attorney general in a generation, while the head of the ACLU tries to block him.
The result is a gritty narrative -- and trailblazing journalism -- that inspires us all as it tells the real story of how Americans moved to defend and rebuild their lives and their country.

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AFTER: How America Confronted the September 12 Era

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Ash Tuesday (***UPFRONT EDITORIAL***) Where were you on September 11, 2001? American children will someday ask that question, as their great-great-grandparents once asked after their contemporaries ... Read full review

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

A nice cross-section of stories of people directly affected by the September 11th attacks in the first year following the atrocities. Although the author betrays a right-wing perspective and overuses the Sept. 10th/Sept. 12th metaphor, these are some well told stories about our national tragedy. Read full review

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Steven Brill, who has won multiple National Magazine Awards, is the founder of Court TV, The American Lawyer, and Brill's Content, and author of The Teamsters. He is currently a Newsweek columnist and a consultant to NBC on all issues related to the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He lives in Manhattan and Katonah, New York.

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