The Essential Reference Guide

by Stephen E. Atkins, Editor


The September 11, 2001, World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks by Al Qaeda remain the deadliest terrorist event in U.S. history, with nearly 3,000 people killed.

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March 2021


Pages 400
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Terrorism
  Security Studies/Terrorism
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This important reference work is essential reading for students attempting to understand the horrific events of September 11, 2001, and the impact the devastating terrorist attack had on the United States.

The World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, 2001, continue to have a major impact on the United States. The deadliest day in modern U.S. history reverberates in numerous ways, as its influence is felt in such areas as civil liberties, foreign policy, immigration, and presidential powers. This essential guide features illuminating essays written by top scholars that discuss in detail the impact of 9/11 in these critical areas, as well as how it has changed the lives of Muslim Americans in the 21st century.

The core of this reference work are the dozens of A–Z entries on all of the key groups, individuals, and events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the first responders, the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93, the Osama bin Laden raid, and the 9/11 Commission Report. In addition, the book will offer a carefully curated group of primary source documents essential to understanding the 9/11 attacks. The book concludes with a detailed timeline and a comprehensive bibliography.


  • Includes several essays on the impact of 9/11 on such key areas as counterterrorism, Islamic extremism, and U.S. politics
  • Provides dozens of reference entries, gripping images, and important primary source documents
  • Offers a detailed chronology that helps to place significant 9/11-related events in context
  • Includes an annotated bibliography listing the most authoritative works about 9/11
Author Info

Stephen E. Atkins served as head of collection development at Texas A&M Libraries, College Station, for 15 years. His published works include The 9/11 Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups, Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism In Modern American History, and Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy, which received a Booklist Editors' Choice Award in 2000. Additional published works include Writing the War: My Ten Months in the Jungles, Streets and Paddies of South Vietnam, 1968.

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