Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, The New York Review of Books began publishing articles by some of our most distinguished writers on America’s new war against terror. This collection of pieces from the Review includes contributions from Stanley Hoffman, Tony Judt, and Philip Wilcox on how America should respond to the terrorist attacks and on the policies America could pursue to diminish the appeal of terrorism in the third world; Timothy Garton Ash on European reactions to the war; Tim Judah’s reports from the Northern Alliance’s front lines and its march into Kabul; Christopher de Bellaigue’s report from Karachi on the politics of Pakistan’s support of the US against the Taliban; Pankaj Mishra’s wide-ranging account of developments in Afghanistan over the last several years; Orhan Pamuk’s perspective on the war from Istanbul; Matthew Meselson’s evaluation of the threat of bioterror and how it can be combatted; and Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon’s argument that there was convincing intelligence that the Sudanese factory destroyed by the US in 1998 was, in spite of widespread doubts at the time, very likely involved in producing chemical weapons for al-Qaeda.
This thoughtful, probing collection will appeal to readers searching for insights into the terrorist threat.— Booklist
This collection of critical essays is useful to document the public debate immediately after September 11, to provide varied perspectives and analysis, and to guard against selective retrospective memory. Editors Silvers and Epstein succeed in choosing articles that will have lasting relevance. The contributing authors are scholars, commentators, philosophers, and diplomats. Highly recommended.— Choice Reviews