Kirk Lippold “Front Burner”

October 11th, 2012

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Kirk Lippold says .. “The war on terror started with us.”

Lippold was the commander of the USS Cole the day it was attacked — October 12, 2000, eleven months before 9/11 — by al Qaeda suicide bombers in the port of Aden. Seventeen sailors died in the explosion. Thirty-seven more were wounded. But thanks to the valor of the crew in the perilous days that followed, the ship was saved.

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In his book “Front Burner” Lippold — who retired from the Navy in 2007 — captures a critical moment in America‚Äôs battle against al Qaeda.
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Dana Priest “Top Secret America”

September 9th, 2011

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Since September 11th, 2001 there has been explosive growth in a new industry in America. It’s the business of homeland security, what’s come to be known as “the terrorism-industrial complex.”

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It has given rise to something Washington Post investigative reporter Dana Priest calls “Top Secret America.” She and co-author Willliam Arkin first wrote about this in a series of articles for the Post in 2010, and have now published a book with even more details. It’s a world cloaked in a nearly-impenetrable invisibility called “national security,” and as a result, no one knows how big this secret America is, how effective it is at keeping us safe, or how it does what it does. No one is even sure what it costs, and if we’re getting results for our money.

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Amy Waldman “The Submission”

September 6th, 2011

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After a devastating, 9/11-like attack, a panel is assembled to screen blind submissions in a competition to design a memorial to the victims of the attack, in Amy Waldman‘s debut novel “The Submission.”

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After long and heart-rending debate, the panel agrees on a winning design. The envelope containing the winner’s name is opened – and the panel realizes, with shock and surprise and, for some, horror and disgust, that the designer they’ve chosen is a Muslim-American.

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As Waldman imagines the public reaction – spanning the gamut from political to religious to cultural to patriotic – her characters, and her readers, are required to reassess no less than what it means to be an American.

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Eric Schmitt “Counterstrike”

August 30th, 2011

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The phrase “war on terror” became part of our national lexicon after the September 11th attacks. In the first few years after 9/11 the U.S. tried to wage an actual war, with sheer muscle and firepower.

And it didn’t work.

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By 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a better way to wage the war. And in the new book “Counterstrike” award-winning New York Times terrorism correspondent Eric Schmitt — along with fellow Times journalist and co-author Thom Shanker — reveals how the defense and intelligence communities, as well as U.S. law enforcement, did come up with a better way, a strategy to fight terrorist networks that has had real results. And at the heart of the new, better strategy is a way of thinking that has its roots in the Cold War.

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Andre Dubus III “The Garden of Last Days”

June 16th, 2008

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It’s the eve of the September 11th attacks, and in a seedy strip club in Florida a Muslim immigrant named Bassam is at once fascinated and repulsed by the earthly pleasures he’s indulging in.

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But in Andre Dubus III‘s novel “The Garden of Last Days,” another drama is unfolding, too, as another customer makes an impulsive decision that could unravel his life and others.

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