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.
September 11: A Story About the History of Digital Photography Smithsonian Institution

September 11: A Story About the History of Digital Photography

Just as the Civil War was the first big event covered by the new medium of photography, September 11 was shot digitally

The Politics of American Militarism Amazon

The Politics of American Militarism

The military's evolving role in U.S. foreign policy decision-making

Fact and Fiction: Amy Waldman on Exploring 9/11 Through Writing

Fact and Fiction: Amy Waldman on Exploring 9/11 Through Writing

The author discusses the complexity of Islam, the role of emotions, and the inspiration behind her new novel, The Submission

Justice in a Time of Terror: Heroes and Goats Reuters

Justice in a Time of Terror: Heroes and Goats

No decision that emerged from the rubble of 9/11 was constitutionally inevitable. Here's a reckoning of the men and women who changed the course of the law, for better and for worse.

Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller WhiteHouse.gov

Obama's New Jobs Man Alan Krueger Was a Terrorism Truth-Teller

In 2004, the Bush State Department had to wipe egg off its face after he made it correct a report that wrongly said terrorism was going down

Robert D. Kaplan on World Anarchy and Order After 9/11 Jerry Bauer

Robert D. Kaplan on World Anarchy and Order After 9/11

The longtime Atlantic writer reflects on what the United States -- and he personally -- got wrong and right about Afghanistan and Iraq

Remembering Why Americans Loathe Dick Cheney Reuters

Remembering Why Americans Loathe Dick Cheney

As the former vice-president releases his memoir, it's useful to recall the many reasons Americans disapproved of his tenure

Islamophobia Inc. Targets GOP Muslims, Too Reuters

Islamophobia Inc. Targets GOP Muslims, Too

The propaganda of a growing U.S.-based network agitating against the spread of Shariah Law sounds eerily like a new McCarthyism

Who Killed the War on Terror?

Who Killed the War on Terror?

The U.S. government's most controversial post-9/11 policies died years before Osama Bin Laden did -- and for good reason

The Obama Administration vs. the War on Terror Critics Reuters

The Obama Administration vs. the War on Terror Critics

Going after whistleblowers and memoirists suggests a campaign to prevent Americans from finding out the truth about counterterrorism

The Real Meaning of 9/11 flickr/pnoeric

The Real Meaning of 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.

The NYPD's CIA-Influenced Spying Program (UPDATED) Wikimedia Commons

The NYPD's CIA-Influenced Spying Program (UPDATED)

The Associated Press released a long, underwhelming investigative piece on the New York Police Department's program to monitor extremism in the city's Muslim community.

 Beautiful Digital Rendering of the New 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center

Beautiful Digital Rendering of the New 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center

This architectural animation reveals the finished 9/11 Memorial and Museum, as well as the new World Trade Center. Two reflecting pools fill the footprints of the Twin Towers, surrounded by a sustainable forest. 

A Different Kind of Security Theater Problem Wikimedia Commons

A Different Kind of Security Theater Problem

What's that book you're reading, sir? Is it about ... biplanes?

Time-Lapse of 9/11 Memorial Construction 2004-2011

This one-minute time-lapse video documents the construction of the 9/11 Memorial over the course of 2004 to 2011. In it, you can see the twin square pools being constructed inside the footprints of the towers, and a sustainable "forest" spring up around them. 

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