UNDERSTANDING SEPTEMBER 11TH by Mitch Frank

UNDERSTANDING SEPTEMBER 11TH

Answering Questions About the Attacks on America
Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

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+)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-670-03582-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2002




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