This is off-topic, but I thought I’d put in a word for the 9/11 Commission Report. For only ten bucks, you get a fairly in-depth history of militant Islam, perspective on how previous administrations attempted to deal with the threat, a primer on the history and operation of the FBI, CIA, and other intelligence agencies, and a definitive and impossibly-detailed account of 9/11, including the administration’s reaction. The only annoying thing about it is how the Commission spreads the blame so broadly and thinly — though that is probably as it should be. The Report is eminently readable, engaging, and well-documented. And how’s this for a plug: In the most recent New Yorker, John Updike says that “the King James Bible [is] our language’s lone masterpiece produced by committee, at least until this year’s 9/11 Commission Report.” I also noticed that it has been nominated for the National Book Award.
If you can’t spare ten bucks, it is available for free here.