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.
Who Can't America Kill? Reuters

Who Can't America Kill?

Since September 11, the threshold for who and where the U.S. military and intelligence community can kill has been increasingly lowered, with no end in sight

'Always a Family' Remembers a Father's Last Phone Call on 9/11

'Always a Family' Remembers a Father's Last Phone Call on 9/11

StoryCorps records true stories as told by real people and then brings them to life with animation. Always a Family is the heartbreaking story of a father who called his family on the morning of September 11 from the 103rd floor of the North Tower to say goodbye. 

Wounded in Iraq: A Marine's Story Reuters

Wounded in Iraq: A Marine's Story

Five years after a gunshot changed his life, the author reflects on what a decade of war has cost Americans

'In the Throes of Creation': Color Photos of New York from the 1940s

'In the Throes of Creation': Color Photos of New York from the 1940s

A set of rare images captures the city's classic buildings along with its timeless spirit

America's Non-Grand Strategy Reuters

America's Non-Grand Strategy

In the decade since September 2001, why is the U.S. still reacting to events rather than planning ahead, separating challenges instead of connecting them, and pretending we'll live in a unipolar world forever?

New Bill Mandates Military Custody for All Terror Suspects Reuters

New Bill Mandates Military Custody for All Terror Suspects

John McCain quietly inserted a provision in a Senate bill that would take away responsibility from law enforcement agencies like the FBI

On Remaining Sane in the Face of Terrorism Wikimedia Commons

On Remaining Sane in the Face of Terrorism

We can't eliminate the risk of another attack. But we can try to buffer rather than magnify its terrorizing effects.

Intervention, Libya, and the Future of Sovereignty Reuters

Intervention, Libya, and the Future of Sovereignty

International law -- and the governments that bring it into being -- are the process of redefining the definition of sovereignty

Justice In a Time of Terror: Bending The Branches AP Images

Justice In a Time of Terror: Bending The Branches

The attacks of 9/11 were carried out by an enemy quicker and lighter than any America had ever faced. In its scramble to catch up, the U.S. often threw off the yoke of checks and balances. Here's how the power has shifted over the past 10 years.

A False Comparison Between Terror Deaths and Bathtub Deaths Wikimedia Commons

A False Comparison Between Terror Deaths and Bathtub Deaths

Via Mike Allen, a Los Angeles Times story raises interesting questions about the effectiveness of post 9/11 homeland security spending, but falls…

Afghans in New York Look Back on a Strange Decade openthecity.org

Afghans in New York Look Back on a Strange Decade

With regular visits from the FBI and a neighborhood boy turned al-Qaeda member, the city's largest Afghan community is still grappling with the fallout from the World Trade Center attacks

September 11: Experience the Power of Objects First-Hand Smithsonian Institution

September 11: Experience the Power of Objects First-Hand

For nine days only, the National Museum of American History will display objects saved from 9/11 in an intimate and powerful way

Surviving 9/11: Photos of the Lucky Ones

Surviving 9/11: Photos of the Lucky Ones

As we remember a day marked by images of death, it's worth taking another look at the people who survived

The Cinematic Cameos of the Twin Towers

The Cinematic Cameos of the Twin Towers

Cartoonist Dan Meth's epic mashup of movie scenes featuring the Twin Towers, spanning 1969 to 2001

Collecting Photos From 9/11 for the Smithsonian's Archives Stephen Delroy

Collecting Photos From 9/11 for the Smithsonian's Archives

More than 2,000 images and several cameras, each with a unique story, were collected for the Smithsonian from 25 photographers

The Biggest Story in Photos

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