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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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