The September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 1st Edition

  • Kevin Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780812417
  • ISBN-13: 9780780812413
  • DDC: 973.931
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 268 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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The September 11 Terrorist Attacks provides readers with a clear and comprehensive account of the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. The volume explains the origins and beliefs of the Al-Qaeda terror organization, recounts how the terrorist hijacking plot was carried out, highlights acts of American heroism throughout the ordeal, and details the various ways in which American citizens and their government responded to the shocking attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. The book devotes special attention to controversies surrounding the Patriot Act, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, anti-Islamic sentiment in America, and other political and cultural responses to the tragic events of September 11.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: The September 11 Terrorist Attacks.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: Rage and Despair in the Arab World.
4: Jihad in Afghanistan and the Birth of Al-Qaeda.
5: Al-Qaeda Emerges as a Global Threat.
6: The September 11 Attacks on America.
7: Heartbreak and Heroism on the Ground.
8: Investigating 9/11.
9: Missed Clues and Opportunities.
10: Legacy of the September 11 Attacks.
11: Biographies.
12: Atta, Mohamed (1968–2001).
13: Bin Laden, Osama (1957–2011).
14: Bush, George W. (1946– ).
15: Clarke, Richard A. (1951– ).
16: Mohammed, Khaled Sheikh (1964?– ).
17: Rice, Condoleezza (1954– ).
18: Tenet, George (1953– ).
19: Al-Zawahiri, Ayman (1951– ).
20: Primary Sources.
21: Osama Bin Laden and the World Islamic Front Call for a “Holy War” Against Jews and Crusaders.
22: An Al-Qaeda Manual Urges the Overthrow of “Apostate” Arab Rulers.
23: The CIA Warns of Al-Qaeda Attacks on American Soil.
24: A New York Police Officer Endures the Fall of the South Tower.
25: A North Tower Survivor Remembers His Narrow Escape.
26: A Survivor Recalls the Attack on the Pentagon.
27: Mourning Lost Firefighters and Police Officers in New York.
28: President Bush Addresses the Nation after the 9/11 Attacks.
29: Osama Bin Laden Taunts America after September 11.
30: Condoleezza Rice Defends the Bush Administration's Record on Terrorism.
31: Richard Clarke's Explosive Testimony before the 9/11 Commission.
32: The 9/11 Commission Issues Its Final Report.
33: President Obama Announces the Death of Osama Bin Laden.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.