The 9/11 Report for Every American
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the governments fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.
Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobsons text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.
A Statement on The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
The cave paintings in Altamira, Spain, tell stories. Mostly they tell tales of the hunt. Drawn during the Paleolithic Stone Age, they still amaze us with their lucidity and directness. As an artist, and as an editor and writer in the graphic medium, we each pay homage to those delineators and interpreters of experience. They offered accounts of what happened and provided a way of remembering, honoring, and learning. When retold by the fire's flickering light, these stories must have lent the drawings a compelling, virtual movement. There is something eerie, but deeply gratifying, in knowing that a direct line runs from our contemporary comic art to these earliest efforts to record and convey what happened. Storyteller, audience, drawings depicting continuity of event: it all sounds familiar. In a culture that has become the most visually oriented in the history of humankind, comics retain the original concept of storytelling and remain a potent force of information. Read more
Excerpts from The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
Timeline of Terror
American Airline Flight 11 (AA 11)
|United Airline Flight 175 (UA 11) |
Boston to Los Angeles
8:42: Last routine radio communication
8:42-8:46: Likely takeover
8:47: Transponder code changes
8:52: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking
8:54: UA attempts to contact the cockpit
8:55: New York Center suspects hijacking
9:03:11: Flight 175 crashes into 2 WTC (South Tower)
9:15: New York Center advises NEADS that UA 175 was the second aircraft crashed into WTC
9:20: UA Headquarters aware that Flight 175 had crashed into WTC
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yet this is a condensation of the report, not a dumbing-down of it. Most of the words in it (in the san-serif capitals traditional to comics) come directly from the original report, which is in the public domain. There are some pages that could not have been done better in any format. The book starts with a timeline, four rows extending for twelve pages, counting off the hours of that morning for each of the four flights.Read more ›
I'll admit that I don't read many graphic novels but I read every frame and every page of this document. It is a sobering account of the state of preparedness of the United States for a terrorist attack. According to the national chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 commission, this book is reflective of the tone and spirit of the original report.
Authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon have served the broad public with this well-done book. I recommend it for readers of all ages.
Although some might find the "graphic novel" look off-putting, it contains the same information in the original report in a more accessible format. The fold-out time-line of the Sept. 11 events in the hardcover edition is an excellent resource all by itself.
The softcover edition has the same information as the hardcover edition at less cost, except the softcover time-line does not fold out.
I recommend either edition for a family library...the graphic adapation for the kids, and/or for adults wanting an easy-to-scan companion to the original 9-11 Commission Report.
I am contemplating buying more copies in the first edition just to put them away as an investment. This careful and skilled effort on such an historic topic might never be repeated; the human talent to do something like this might just not be around once the great generation behind this stops its work.
The authors of this graphic adaptation have long experience in telling stories in comic books and are masters of the form of the graphic novel. As they read the official report they soon realized that they could use their skills to make the information more accessible to more people. Thomas Kean, the former chairman of the 9/11 commissions said of this project "when I first heard about it, I was very concerned. But when I looked at it, it was absolutely accurate." Chair Kean and Vice-Chair Hamilton thought enough of this work to provide the foreword in this book.
I have to say that when I first heard about this book, I had no idea what it was. Would it be an abridged version of the report with photos? When I saw what it was and read it I was most impressed by the amount of information it conveys and how the pictures aid understanding, clarify timelines and activities, and add to the emotional impact of the report.
This is not a dumbed down version of the report, nor does it change the meaning of the report, nor does it editorialize on what it says. This means that the strengths and weaknesses of the report are the strengths and weaknesses of this book. Where you agree with the report (or disagree), you will agree (or disagree) with this graphic adaptation. I think this is a terrific achievement and increases the value of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. Goes into detail about the world events that led to 9/11. Good for a quick sit down.Published 8 months ago by Wenzel
Let them do their own research instead of filling their heads with corporate lies.
Follow the money and wake up.
Love graphic novels, and when I saw that the 9/11 Commissions report had been adapted to a graphic form, I had to have it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jay Kenney
An incredibly smart idea! I wish they would use this in high schools to teach the 911 story!!! Great drawings and a true representation of facts. Nice!Published 16 months ago by BAS
This is a very interesting little book and it contains an extreme amount of information for its size. Highly recommended from the 911 historical perspective.Published 16 months ago by LARRY
This book brings the nuts and bolts of the 9/11 tragedy into a form that resonates with how we visually process information. Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Phelan
I had read the original 9/11 report many years ago, but there was much that I was not clear about after finishing that huge volume. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
I really appreciate the fact that all the important details have been condensed into a small book, but the artistic depiction of the flight attendants who were stabbed is very... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jocelyn M. Calvillo
A great tool for learning how the govt. got the information about 9/11. Also, it helps us citizens understand the flow of events during and after.Published 19 months ago by Pen Name