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The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation Paperback – August 22, 2006
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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 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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Top 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.
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.
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A recent article in the literary blog The Millions, surveying 9/11 literature, concluded that we were still perhaps too close to the event to offer the perspective necessary for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roger Brunyate
I have bought several copies of this book to give to friends with children. One person used this to explain to his children about 9/11 because he was in tower 1 when it was... Read morePublished 11 months ago by kimberly jaroszewski
excellent overview of the tragic event in graphic novel form.Published 11 months ago by Tiborious Maximus
great book. shows you what the dead & alive victims went through on that day.Published 14 months ago by Thomas H. Small
A great read. Goes into detail about the world events that led to 9/11. Good for a quick sit down.Published on February 8, 2014 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 on December 30, 2013 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 on July 1, 2013 by BAS