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“It was ok. Not what I expected. I thought it would be just about the attack, but it goes into it a lot more.”see full review » see other reviews »
“GN800L (This Lexile is for Anne Frank; none available for this book)”Lacey Renee wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was in an international flight coming to U.S. on 9/11/2001. It took me a long time to get to finally read about the unthinkable events of that day. Irrespective of the good intent of the authors, it is difficult to "like" a documentary on something as tragic and heart-wrenching as 9/11. The authors do a good job of breaking down the chain of events in timelines in vivid drawings, and analyze the four segments that the commission found could be bettered as response.”Nilendu Misra wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was good, The pictures are great. ”Jose Dejesus wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
English 10H 3˚
15 April 2012
Of Failure and Tragedy
“A twin-engine plane has just crashed into the World Trade Center, Mr. President,” tells Chief of Staff Carl Rove to the leader of the United States. “Oh no, it must have been a pilot error,” the President answers back. The confusion surrounding day September 11, 2001 and in the years previous trying to stop terrorists from attacking the US has been brought to life by The 9/11 Report, a graphic novel adaption of the report written by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. This tragic but informative book tells the story of 9/11: from when Bin Laden first formed al-Qaida to when the US announced its invasion of Afghanistan. The book- adapted by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon- answers many questions, such as what could have the government done to prevent the tragedy, and how could the different government agencies have worked together more effectively to possibly stop the events that occurred?
This 131 page book recreates the planning and execution of the events on 9/11 in a clear, official tone, as this work of nonfiction is adapted from a Commission’s report the story. Although somewhat confusing as it changes from dates and places very fast, this startling investigation accurately explains the government’s confusion in trying to stop the raid in an executive, conclusive, and informative way.
The report’s illustrations succeed in conveying the feelings and confusion of the events, with good use of shadow and color to convey feelings and emotions. The book uses mostly scene-to-scene transitions between illustrations, as many of the events within al-Qaeda are not well known to the government or Commission, even today, so action-to-action and movement-to-movement could not work as well. The illustrations are used mainly to show what the individual people look like as they go about their jobs, from Mohamed Atta to Dick Cheney. Most illustrations are a still frame on a person with either word bubbles or an explanation as to what they are doing.
The story jumps from different places in time, starting out with the planes crashing into the Towers, and then going into the planning and lead up to 9/11, and then retelling the crash and going into more detail of the evacuations. Osama bin-Laden is a terrorist leader in the Middle East wanting to strike a blow at his most hated enemy, the United States. Secretly and effectively, his terrorists are trained to pilot aircraft in the US, and become ready for their mission without the government knowing. “Something is up, Dave,” says one CIA agent to another. The other returns, “But our concern is Southeast Asia.” The US suspected an attack in Malaysia, not the US. The terrorists succeed in boarding the airplanes and ramming them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The report then investigates the confusion in the Trade Towers between the NYPD, the FDNY, and the Port Authority as they struggled to remove occupants from the buildings.
The Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was written by the Commission to explain to the American people the events on 9/11 and the events leading up to 9/11. It explains the failures of our government to protect us on that day, and shows how an attack like this can be avoided in the future. As not all Americans would read the report, the graphic novel version was produced so that a wider range of readers would hear and know of the events.
The use of closure throughout the graphic novel is very powerful in helping the reader imagine the events upon the day. There is only one image per scene when the terrorists struggle to take over the planes, leaving the readers to imagine the struggle, the violence, and the fear. As the planes are heading towards the buildings, they pages are divided into four horizontal panels, with each panel representing a plane. Through this method, the reader can see, for example, that American Airlines Flight 11 hit a Tower just as United Airlines Flight 175 was being hijacked. Informative collages show what al-Qaeda and the US government were doing at the same time, bringing a new perspective to the events leading up the attack.
The writing in the graphic novel is highly informative and clear, giving exact times, dates, and actions so the reader knows just how, where and what is going on. The author uses word bubbles to show what people are saying, and then has a caption underneath explaining the scene illustrated. The caption is written in a rectangular, official-looking box, which gives the reader a feeling of conclusiveness.
A scene that brings to life a major theme of the book, confusion, is when the book shows how few people in the North Tower knew it would collapse, even when the South Tower falls. When the South Tower falls, a firefighter in the North Tower remarks “I hear something.” His colleague then answers, “You always hear something.” A half hour later both firemen were probably dead.
The Commission’s Final Report effectively conveys what happened in the planning and execution of the attacks, as well as the attempted thwarting of them and the evacuations and rescues that happened after them. It sheds new light on the inefficiencies of the US spy agencies when dealing with terrorists, and how such an evil deed could happen. After reading this graphic novel, the reader will have a much deeper perspective on the tragic events of 9/11.
“My first graphic book. Very useful as an outline of events. ”Patrick O'Connor wrote this review Friday, December 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I noticed how graphic and how detailed the book was which if you ask me it was an amazing book and the way it was written you would feel like you were there yourself. I wonder how much of a panic everyone was in when the plane was going to hit it and when it hit. I realized how much of a panic and how sad it was for everyone when i was 4 or 5. I think of it as a horrific day and probably the most horrific day in the history of the United States. I suggest everyone who wants to know more about 9/11 should read this book.”Josh wrote this review Tuesday, October 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting graphic novel that I have been reading a few pages at a time. Cuts through mass media to present a federal perspective on what when wrong, and why. Take your time and read through a few times. There were so many people involved in planning the 9/11 attack. Would be good to follow this up with something that gives perspective, rather than simply fact. Still, does an amazing job of taking apart this horrible event and making it understandable to the everyday person.”Annette wrote this review Wednesday, October 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was amazing”Shira S wrote this review Friday, September 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A graphic novel version of the appenings of 911. I wonder since Osama was just recently kileld will there be another graphic novel. I learned more information about what hapened on 911 and the book handled a very sensitive subject in different way.”Juanita F wrote this review Tuesday, May 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No