To say the world changed on September 11, 2001, is both a tired cliché and an absolute truth. On this momentous anniversary, we revisit stories from the pages of our magazine and talk with five of our most distinguished writers: Mark Bowden, James Fallows, Robert D. Kaplan, William Langewiesche, and Amy Waldman. National correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg frames the discussion with his essay “What Is 9/11?” and a range of writers offer perspectives on events since then.
What is 9/11?
Jeffrey Goldberg examines the real meaning of that day. It's not about foreign policy or intelligence failures; it's about the unprovoked murder of 3,000 people.
Don't Listen to Romney: America Is Safer Than Ever Reuters

Don't Listen to Romney: America Is Safer Than Ever

Despite the warnings of some GOP presidential candidates, we've got nothing to fear but fear itself -- and our own propensity for overreaction

In Manhattan, Children Still Battle 9/11-Related Illnesses Mario Tama/Reuters

In Manhattan, Children Still Battle 9/11-Related Illnesses

The day the Twin Towers crumbled, more than 25,000 kids inhaled toxic substances. Ten years later, many of them are suffering from health problems that still haven't gone away.

Scenes From Pakistan's 9/11 Decade Reuters

Scenes From Pakistan's 9/11 Decade

Though the September 11 attacks were launched from Afghanistan and against the U.S., Pakistan and its 177 million people have endured much of the worst in the 10 years since

An Accidental Icon of September 11

An Accidental Icon of September 11

An unintentional double exposure miraculously places the before and after of the tragedy in the same frame

The Politics of Silence at Ground Zero Reuters

The Politics of Silence at Ground Zero

Politicians shy away from making public speeches on 9/11, fearing that they will politicize the mourners. But maybe our leaders should, in the style of Lincoln, provide a new narrative for the tragedy.

How Our Predictions for the 9/11 Decade Panned Out Reuters

How Our Predictions for the 9/11 Decade Panned Out

The Atlantic ran an essay in early 2005 imagining what September 11, 2011, would look like. Now that we're here, how did we do?

Victims, Survivors, and Moving On From 9/11 Reuters

Victims, Survivors, and Moving On From 9/11

Dwelling on our own suffering makes us blind to the pain of others

The Home Run That Made New York Cheer After 9/11 Reuters

The Home Run That Made New York Cheer After 9/11

A pitcher and a grieving mother remember the city's first pro sporting event after the attacks

The Al-Qaeda Myth Reuters

The Al-Qaeda Myth

Why are we so apt to see the terrorist group or its offshoots where they don't really exist?

1974 Twin Towers Tightrope Stunt

1974 Twin Towers Tightrope Stunt

In 1974, just a year after the Twin Towers were completed, French tightrope artist Philip Petit set out to achieve his ultimate goal: to string and walk a wire between the Towers. The original CBS News broadcast documents the unimaginable feat.

10 Years Can Be a Long Time: The World Wide Web on 9/11 The New York Times/archive.org

10 Years Can Be a Long Time: The World Wide Web on 9/11

Over the past 10 years, the basic features of how we live, communicate, and get our information have changed dramatically

With the 9/11 Anniversary, Political Correctness Comes Full Circle Reuters

With the 9/11 Anniversary, Political Correctness Comes Full Circle

In The Weekly Standard, writer Charlotte Allen skewers American universities for failing to commemorate the terrorist attacks with sufficient moralizing and self-righteousness

Stars, Stripes, and Crosses: Remembering Flight 93 in Rural Pennsylvania Julie Dermansky

Stars, Stripes, and Crosses: Remembering Flight 93 in Rural Pennsylvania

At a makeshift memorial near the crash site, Americans have paid tribute with a unique collection of religious and patriotic memorabilia

The Media and 9/11: How We Did tonythemisfit/flickr

The Media and 9/11: How We Did

After the attacks, journalists were swept up in the national feelings of fear and outrage -- and failed to do their job

Chart of the Day: Little Change in Terrorist Threat Since 9/11

The real rise in terrorism has come in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan wars we helped spark -- not in the West

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