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September 11, 2001 - New York remembered


Review by Jack Foley

THE events of September 11, 2001, continue to live on in the psychology of every man, woman and child who witnessed them unfold on that fateful day last year. Needless to say, it has changed our perception of the world, and given rise to a great deal of insecurity, as the hunt for the masterminds behind the atrocities continues.

As the first anniversary of those events approaches, television stations have been broadcasting special tribute programmes designed at recognising the bravery and heroism displayed on that day, as well as remembering the countless, innocent lives that were lost. Newspapers, too, have been flooded with images taken from the attacks on New York, while the shelves of bookshops have once again been filled with pictoral tributes to the events of that day.

Indielondon has decided to round-up some of the books that are currently available, while also taking a look at some of those devoted to a New York untouched by terror, and loved by tourists, prior to the attacks.

SEPTEMBER 11 - A TESTIMONY (REUTERS):

Perhaps the most definitive book so far on the events of September 11, this collection of photographs from Reuters offers some of the most memorable and dramatic images of the events of the day in both New York and Washington, as well as the aftermath of the attacks, both from the US and from around the rest of the world. For every sale made of the book, a contribution is made to both AIDfund and AIDfund for America.

AFTER SEPTEMBER 11 (REUTERS):

An anniversary edition of the book by Reuters which follows up the events of the day by taking a look at what has happened in America and across the world since the events of 11/09/01. The publication takes in President Bush's reaction, the subsequent war on terror, and the captivity of terrorist suspects in Cuba, as well as the six month anniversary of the attack, as depicted by the rays of light featured on the cover.

ABOVE HALLOWED GROUND - A PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF SEPTEMBER 11:

A new book compiled by photographers of the New York City Police Department captures the events, as they unfold, from the air and on the ground, as the rescue effort swung into action. Described as a photographic record, Above Hallowed Ground truly brings home the devastation, loss and bravery witnessed on September 11 and features many images that have not yet been seen in many publications. It is a fitting and last tribute to the dedication, bravery and heroism of the emergency forces who were deployed on the day - many of whom lost their lives in the devastation.

WHAT WE SAW: THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11 IN WORDS, PICTURES AND VIDEO:

Compiled by CBS News, and including an introduction by Dan Rather, this book chronicles the events of September 11 in New York as seen through the eyes of the CBS news teams reporting on it, as well as the witness statements taken on the day. Many of the images contained within will be familiar from newspapers following the tragedy, while the book also includes a DVD of the CBS report of the day as it unfolded.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:

Compiled by Andrews McMeel Publishing and The Poynter Institute, this book includes many images taken from the front pages of newspapers throughout the world and offers an interesting angle on the reaction of the world's press to the attacks.

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 11 - MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHERS:

The book contains many startling images from the day - of the attack itself and its aftermath, when a nation struggled to come to terms with what had happened and pulled together in great adversity. It pays tribute - both pictorally and verbally - to the tremendous acts of courage and bravery which took place in the hours and days after the attrocity; while mourning the loss of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Each photographer whose work is depicted was working or living in the Big Apple at the time, and each gives a poignant, heartfelt and honest insight into what it was like being there on the day.

NEW YORK - RAY FURSE, GERALD & MARC HOBERMAN:

A collection of breathtaking shots of the city, capturing all that is great about the Big Apple. Each image is worth taking time to look at and study, while all are presented as though in original print form itself. A real gem for anyone who loves NY.

MANHATTAN, AN ISLAND IN FOCUS:

Jake Rajs is a photographer who, more than any, has managed to capture the beauty and vitality of New York (and America). His photographs are always worth viewing, while his books are highly sought after and, once found, treasured possessions for any fans of the Big Apple. Manhattan, An Island in Focus, is no exception, featuring some truly stunning shots of Manhattan and its famous architecture, including the Twin Towers, The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building and, of course, The Statue of Liberty. Simply beautiful.

NEW YORK - A TRIBUTE TO THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE:

Created in honour of the victims of September 11 by Gerald and Marc Hoberman, this moving tribute to the city of New York and its courageous citizens features images taken in the months prior to the attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center buildings. The 36-page booklet highlights the city of New York, as well as the Twin Towers that stood as a symbol of the promise and prosperity of the US.

NEW YORK FROM THE AIR:

Very few cities in the world have as much to offer from an aerial overview as New York and this book, from world-renowned aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand offers vantage points that few people could ever attain, creating a romantic tribute to one of the most thrilling cities on the planet. The photographer reveals the power and beauty of Manhattan's amazing skyscrapers, the joys of Central Park, and the majesty of the Upper West Side's castle-like apartment buildings, together with some lively commentary from John Tauranac.

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