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After: The Rebuilding and Defending of America in the September 12th Eraby Steven Brill
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[A] remarkable and admirable piece of work....[I]t is nothing short of amazing that [Brill] put together all this material in so short a time." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"[S]prawling, panoramic....[T]he episodic, chronological method makes for a repetitive and long book. Still, Brill often displays formidable journalistic research, sharp reporting and lively characterizations." Publishers Weekly
"[B]rilliantly conceived. As a full-time magazine and book writer, I come across a work of non-fiction maybe once a year that makes me blurt out, 'Why didn't I think of telling the story that way?' After is one of those books." Steve Weinberg, USA Today
"[A] wealth of moving, thought-provoking information....The author...doesn't have to work too hard to make his point that the attacks brought out the best in people from all walks of life: the facts and the people speak for themselves." David Pitt, Booklist
"After leaves the reader not only with an idea of how things work in post-Sept. 11 America, but also why they work." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Brill is better known as an entrepreneur...and a magazine publisher...than a writer...but his legal, administrative and entrepreneurial experience admirably equip him to track complicated decisions through chains, systems and swamps of big organizations." The Chicago Tribune
"At more than seven hundred pages, the book is much too long, and some of the characters are more interesting than others, but Brill's experience in law and business helps him make the minutiae of policy and of legal disputes fascinating." The New Yorker
"[A] lengthy yet absorbing narrative....This gripping investigation will be one of the most discussed political books of the year. Highly recommended." Library Journal
About the Author
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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