The literature of Al Qaeda and the September 11, 2001, attacks is vast and growing. Here are a few reliable resources that you might wish to consult as the symposium approaches.

Steven Coll. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.
Mary Dudziak, ed. September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment?.
Michael Scheuer. Osama Bin Laden.
Lawrence Wright. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

9/11. A film by Jules & Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon.
102 Minutes that changed America. The History Channel.
7 Days in September. Steven Rosenbaum.
9/11 Commemorative Set. The History Channel.

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Our emphasis will be on what happened, how and why it happened, where we all were and how we initially responded, how the attacks influenced American life, particularly in the heartland, and where we are now ten years after. If you only have time to read one book to get ready, I’d suggest The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright.  - Clay Jenkinson