The Second Plane by Martin Amis
September 11: Terror and Boredom (Vintage International)

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A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers fourteen pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.

At the heart of this collection is the long essay “Terror and Boredom,” an unsparing analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's flummoxed response to it, while other pieces address the invasion of Iraq, the realities of Iran, and Tony Blair's lingering departure from Downing Street (and also his trips to Washington and Iraq). Whether lambasted for his refusal to kowtow to Muslim pieties or hailed for his common sense, wide reading, and astute perspective, Amis is indisputably a great pleasure to read—informed, elegant, surprising—and this collection a resounding contemplation of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with.


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About Martin Amis

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Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
 
Published April 1, 2008 by Vintage. 223 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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These chronologically ordered essays and stories on the September 11 attacks proceed from initial bewilderment to coruscating contempt for radical Islam. Novelist Amis (Hous

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The New York Times

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“It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her.”

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The New York Times

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In this collection of noisy, knowing writings about theocracy and terror, Martin Amis denounces Islamism in blunt and provocative language.

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The New York Times

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A pretentious, formalistic argument underscores Martin Amis’s efforts to deal with a vast historic tragedy with preening, self-consciously literary musings.

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Martin Amis’s angry, off-the-cuff comments about Islam set off an old-fashioned literary donnybrook in Britain.

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The Telegraph

In June 2002 Amis was optimistic that novel writing - sharply defined as "reason at play" - could help in the current global climate;

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Austin Chronicle

The second plane, Martin Amis writes, carried with it the bad news that America was not witness to an accident but an attack.

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A windy profile of Tony Blair from The Guardian in 2007, which Amis informs us he has augmented "by 40 percent," still manages to contain almost nothing in the way of actual reporting (in the sense of interviewing actual people beyond Blair himself) and, four years postbellum, includes a bank sho...

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Ruling by consensus is great if you have small numbers - that is the idea behind town halls - but in a nation of 300 Million plus people it is insanity and anarchy.

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