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The Second Plane: September 11 - Terror and Boredom (2008)
Front Cover Book Details
Genre Non-Fiction
Subject September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; United Airlines Flight 93 Hijacking Incident, 2001
Publication Date 4/1/2008
Format Hardcover (8.5 x 5.7 mm)
Publisher Knopf
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
These chronologically ordered essays and stories on the September 11 attacks proceed from initial bewilderment to coruscating contempt for radical Islam. Novelist Amis (House of Meetings) rejects all religious belief as without reason and without dignity and condemns Islamism as an especially baleful variant. Amis attacks Islamism's tenets as [a]nti-Semitic, anti-liberal, anti-individualist, anti-democratic and characterizes its adherents, from founding ideologue Sayyid Qutb to the ordinary suicide bomber, as sexually frustrated misogynists entranced by a cult of death. He also takes swipes at Bush and the Iraq war, which he describes as botched and tragically counterproductive, if well intentioned, but scorns those who draw a moral equivalence between Western misdeeds and the jihadist agenda. Amis's concerns are cultural and aesthetic as well as existential: terrorism threatens a reign of boredom in the guise of tedious airport security protocols, pedantic conspiracy theories and the dogma-shackled dependent mind fostered by Islamist theocracy. As much as Amis's opinions are scathing, blunt and occasionally strident, his prose is subtle, elegant and witty—and certainly never boring. (Apr.)
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Purchase Price $16.32
Acquire Date 4/29/2008
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Product Details
LoC Classification HV6432.7.A3836 2008
Dewey 974.8/79044
ISBN 9781400044542
Edition 1st North America edition.
Cover Price $24.00
No. of Pages 224
First Edition No
Rare No
Includes index.