It's hard for some of us to believe it's already been 18 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the year 2000.  Children born at that time are now adults, with no direct memories of the day. 

Survivors of the attack have vivid memories, especially the police and firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center site and had their health damaged by exposure to the clouds of debris.  Attorney William H. Groner fought for them in court, a story he tells in the book 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders

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We live in an age of unprecedented, irreversible decline—or so we’re often told.

Jonathan Tepperman’s The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems presents a very different picture.

It identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that, contrary to the general consensus, each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one.

By taking a close look at overlooked success stories—from countries as diverse as Canada, Botswana, and Indonesia—Tepperman discovers practical advice for problem-solvers of all stripes, making a data-driven case for optimism in a time of crushing pessimism. 

Penguin Random House

Karen Greenberg's work is all about helping America and the world understand some of the legal issues connected to the country's efforts to curb or stop terrorism. 

Greenberg is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, and a prolific author and editor. 

Her latest book is called Rogue Justice, an examination of the expansion of activities once thought illegal, across two presidential administrations. 

Terrorism In Fiction: Just As Concerning

Mar 24, 2016
Viking Press

The explosions in Brussels this week remind us that terrorism is a constant threat, and a constant topic of discussion. 

We take it up in a fictional context with Karan Mahajan, author of the novel The Association Of Small Bombs

The book focuses on Indian boys caught in a bombing, the reaction of a friend who survives the blast, and a Kashmiri man who builds bombs. 

VENTSday: Mideast Refugees + State Integrity

Nov 17, 2015

An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. 

Let's hear your approach to the issue in VENTSday. 

While you're at it, give us your opinion of your state's integrity and effectiveness

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

Killing Americans With Drones

Nov 16, 2015
Tim Duggan Books

Many Americans might have sighed in relief when President Obama announced the death of the terrorist instigator Anwar Al-Awlaki in 2011. 

But as heinous as his words were, and as awful the actions he's accused of plotting, Al-Awlaki was an American citizen, the first to die by drone strike by presidential order. 

The story and the events leading to and from it are told in Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone, by longtime New York Times terrorism reporter Scott Shane.