This book is based on the course, “September 11, 2001: United States and the World,” that I co-taught with Dr. Irina Tomescu-Dubrow at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, in Spring 2009.  The course analyzed the major social and political events that are directly related to the terrorist actions of September 11, 2001 in the United States.  Although the course focused on American society, a world perspective is needed to understand the events of 9/11; thus, a substantial part of the course was concerned with America and its international relations.  We examined the causes and consequences of 9/11 with diversity of perspectives and through a variety of media (books, articles, photography, audio and video). 

Although the course was very popular (read what students said about the course), I have not found a department at the University of Warsaw who wanted to offer the course after it was initially taught in Spring 2009.  Much of my current research takes me away from 9/11 studies, and I have not spent the time to pursue the matter of teaching the course again.  My interest in 9/11 has not abated, however.  I feel the need to turn what was once a course website into something of more lasting value to 9/11 studies.

Surprisingly, so few courses about 9/11 have been offered.  In constructing the course, I found no textbook or modern syllabus to guide me.  I think there is a need for a book that gives an overview of 9/11 and its impact on American society, but none have been written. 

Thus, this website.  My plan is to turn the lectures into an internet only book, named after the course.  Since I do this in my spare time, I will construct the book as-I-go, editing and updating the text as time allows.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Knowledge should be free.  The website is free and the book is free.   There is much we do not understand about this seminal event in American — and world — history.  I hope the website will encourage more people to take-up 9/11 studies.  

—  Josh Dubrow, July 2010, Warsaw, Poland

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