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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

Excerpts from The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

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)
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By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 3, 2006
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 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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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 fiction. However, it pointed to the official 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT as an exceptionally well-written account (it is), and named this graphic adaptation of it as a surprisingly creative response that in no way diminished the seriousness of the original document. Far from being an indy spinoff, it comes with the endorsement of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission, hailing it as furthering their intent to write a report that was accessible to all, "not only to inform our fellow citizens about history but also to energize and engage them on behalf of reform and change." The original report runs to 600 closely printed pages; this graphic version, with 65 colorful and inviting spreads (130 pages), is certainly more accessible. Provided it does not trivialize or distort, it should serve the Commission's purpose admirably.

The book exactly follows the chapter headings of the original, from "1 / We Have Some Planes" and "2 / The Foundation of the New Terrorism" to "12 / What to Do" and "13 / How to Do It." I have not read the original at all fully, but when I look into it to compare the two versions, I certainly see a lot of fascinating detail that I would like to pursue when I have more time, but I am also amazed by how faithful the Jacobson/Colón adaptation is to the original. Despite all the exposure to facts and analysis over the years, I learned a great deal about both the antecedents and the follow-up to the attacks. I now have a much clearer picture of the rise of Usama bin Ladin (as he is spelled here) and the earlier attacks in Africa, Aden, and the WTC itself.
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