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The 9/11 Report for Every American

On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s 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. Jacobson’s 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.

"Never before have I seen a nonfiction book as beautifully and compellingly written and illustrated as The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. I cannot recommend it too highly. It will surely set the standard for all future works of contemporary history, graphic or otherwise, and should be required reading in every home, school and library." --Stan Lee

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

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Timeline of Terror

American Airline Flight 11 (AA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 7:59: Takeoff
• 8:14: Last routine radio communication; likely takeover
• 8:19: Flight attendant notifies AA of hijacking
• 8:21: Transponder is turned off
• 8:23: AA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 8:25: Boston Center aware of hijacking
• 8:38: Boston Center notifies NEADS of hikacking
• 8:46: NEADS scrambles Otis fighter jets in search of AA 11
• 8:46:40: AA 11 crashes into 1 WTC (North Tower)
• 8:53: Otis fighter jets airborne
• 9:16: AA headquarters aware that Flight 11 has crashed into WTC
• 9:21: Boston Center advises NEADS that AA 11 is airborne heading for Washington
• 9:24: NEADS scrambles Langley fighter jets in search of AA 11

United Airline Flight 175 (UA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 8:14: Takeoff
• 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

American Airline Flight 7 (AA 77)
Washington, DC to Los Angeles
• 8:20: Takeoff
• 8:51: Last routine radio communication
• 8:51-8:54: Likely takeover
• 8:54: Flight 77 makes unauthorized turn to south
• 8:56: Transponder is turned off
• 9:05: AA headquarters aware that Flight 77 is hijacked
• 9:25: Herndon Command Center orders nationwide ground stop
• 9:32: Dulles tower observes radar of fast-moving aircraft (later identified as AA 77)
• 9:34: FAA advises NEADS that AA 77 is missing
• 9:37:46: AA 77 crashes into the Pentagon
• 10:30: AA headquarters confirms Flight AA crash into Pentagon

United Airline Flight 93 (UA 93)
Newark to San Francisco
• 8:42: Takeoff
• 9:24: Flight 93 receives warning from UA about possible cockpit intrusion
• 9:27: Last routine radio communication
• 9:28: Likely takeover
• 9:34: Herndon Command Center advises FAA headquarters that UA 93 is hijacked
• 9:36: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking; UA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 9:41: Transponder is turned off
• 9:57: Passenger revolt begins
• 10:03:11: Flight 93 crashes in field in Shanksville, PA
• 10:07: Cleveland Center advises NEADS of UA 93 hijacking
• 10:15: UA headquarters aware that Flight 93 has crashed in PA; Washington Center advises NEADS that Flight 93 has crashed in PA

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–At only 15 percent the size of The 9/11 Report: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (St. Martin's, 2004) and more than four times the price, is this adaptation worth purchasing? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Jacobson and Colón intend this adaptation to bring to the commission's report readers who would not or could not digest its nearly 800 pages, and they have the blessing, acknowledged in this book's foreword, of the commission's chair and vice-chair to do so. Neither lurid nor simplistic, it presents the essence of the commission's work in a manner that, especially in the opening section, is able to surpass aspects of any text-only publication: the four stories of the doomed flights are given on the same foldout pages so that readers can truly grasp the significance of how simultaneous events can and did overwhelm our national information and defense systems. The analysis that follows in the subsequent 11 chapters cuts cleanly to the kernels of important history, politics, economics, and procedural issues that both created and exacerbated the effects of the day's events. Colón's full-color artwork provides personality for the named players–U.S. presidents and Al-Qaeda operatives alike–as well as the airline passengers, office workers, fire fighters, and bureaucrats essential to the report. This graphic novel has the power and accessibility to become a high school text; in the meantime, no library should be without it.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809057395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809057399
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Comics have come a long way, even since the sixties when intellectuals started taking Batman, Superman, and Spiderman seriously. _Maus_ by Art Spiegelman, for instance, was the serious story of Spiegelman's father in the Holocaust, and Spiegelman's problematic relationship with him; it was a quietly magnificent history and memoir, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. _From Hell_ by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell was an examination of Jack the Ripper's story that was as dense as a novel, and with lots of reference notes to boot. If you have been watching comics climb in respectability, they have just mounted upon another rung. It is hard to class _The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation_ (Hill and Wang) by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón as a comic book, for it certainly is deadly serious rather than comic, and it isn't a "graphic novel", the category by which the genre goes now. It is the famous _Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States_ but told in the comic book form. The original prose work, widely praised and even nominated for a National Book Award, was a bestseller when it came out in July 2004. It had 600 pages, while the current one has 133.

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.
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I wasn't one of the millions who read the historic 9/11 commission report issued several years ago--or even purchased one. I had no desire to plow through over 500 pages of information and I wonder how many people read the entire document. When I learned about this graphic novel treatment and that it accurately reflected the full report, I ordered a copy.

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.
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It seems ridiculous - a "graphic novel" about the September 11 attacks. But it is far more readable and memorable than the textual presentations I have seen. I came away with a clearer sense of the timeline of that day and the 9-11 Commission's findings and reports than I had from newspaper articles, radio reports and New Yorker articles of the same.

Maybe because we are such visual creatures, the images help convey the confusing and contradictory events and how they connect to each.

The commission's written report has a lot more data in it. But if I quickly needed a fact or figure, I would grab this book first because I could find the information more quickly and easily.

I think its greatest value could be in reaching a wider audience. People who would take 1-2 hours to read this might not spend 12 hours to wade through the whole written report. As such, it would be ideal for a high school civics class but I've also loaned it a number of highly educated adult friends who wanted to be more informed without committing a huge amount of time reading tedious material.
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I have read both the original 9-11 Commission Report and this graphic adaptation. The graphic adaptation is an excellent accessory to the original report.

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.
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What an artform and what fidelity to the subject!!

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.
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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. However, this fantastic graphic adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, really brought clarity to many of the observations made by the 9/11 final report of the National Commmission on terrorist attacks upon the United States. The full color drawings really bring this 9/11 report to life, making this text easy to read and understand.

This volume is organized into 12 chapters. The first chapter, "We have some planes" provides the timeline of the attack that tragic morning of 9/11. The second chapter explains the foundation of the new terrorism. The evolving of countering terrorism is covered in chapter three. The intial responses to Al Quaeda's initial assaults is reviewed in chapter four. Chapter five explains the way Al Qaeda focused their attack on the American homeland. From threat to threat is discussed in chapter six. Chapter seven illustrates the players as the 9/11 attack looms. The system was blinking red in chapter eight, this section provides the lead up to the 9/11 attack, which was the attack on the USS Cole and other targets. Chapter nine details the many acts of heroism and horror on the day we were attacked (9/11). Chapter ten deals with our government and President Bush declaring war on terrorism. Chapter eleven looks at the past mistakes and attempts to correct them. The final chapter (What to do? Global strategy) provides some suggestions on how to deal with terrorism in the future.

In conclusion, if you are seeking a clear, easy to read and understand evaluation of the events of 9/11 you may want to check out this volume. I highly recommend this book which I think all Americans should read.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: A poetic Tribute to Warriors)
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