Perspectives on 9/11

Perspectives on 9/11

Perspectives on 9/11

Perspectives on 9/11

Synopsis

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are difficult to refer to in the past tense. The events of that date changed the United States and the entire world to the point that the pre-9/11 period and post-9/11 epoch now have to be understood by completely different parameters. Its editors conceived this book only a few hours after the World Trade Towers had collapsed. It frames 9/11 in terms of fresh insights and new interpretations that will last beyond its immediate timeframe.

Excerpt

The idea of this book arose out of the catastrophic events of 9/11/2001. The day began on a peaceful note, and as the Volpe Visiting Scholar, Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty, was on his way to St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, New York City, to teach his course on “globalization” to an honors class. The ensuing unfolding drama, which changed America and the world, had therefore to be reflected in how we think about the world of post 9/11. After intensive consultation with his colleagues at St. Francis College, the idea of this volume took shape. We, the editors, are proud to present this work as a broad spectrum of perspectives on those cataclysmic events.

Note: This manuscript went to the publisher as war on Iraq erupted in March 2003. Like all wars in human history, neither the course of war, nor its outcome, nor its consequences are or could be predictable. Except for chapters 9 and 16, all the chapters in this volume were written when the specter of war was only in the background. Although several authors introduced amendments to their texts, bearing in mind the factor of that war, this book has to be read primarily as a pre-war publication—a description that should not take away from its vitality, cogency, and relevance to its epochal event, namely 9/11.

This book would not have been possible without the encouragement of St. Francis College—the sacrifice of time and effort made by all the distinguished authors of various chapters and the many other individuals who contributed in a myriad of ways to make Perspectives on 9/11 a reality.

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