Speaking of jumping the shark…
: I think the 9/11 Commission Report has now jumped the shark, with its National Book Award nomination. This lovefest has officially gone too far.
Gotta disagree with you (agreeably) on this one, Jeff. As I noted on my blog when I read it recently (http://rexblog.com/2004/09/11#a3678), as a book, the 9/11 Commission Report was a riviting read. As a government report, it was unprecendented in its narrative approach. While I personally would have selected Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton in the category, the 9/11 report has to be considered one of the most significant works of non-fiction of the year. (But, to get back to being agreeable, I agree with your earlier assesments hat it broke-down in the recommendations part.)
It also might be used to demonstrate to the publishing community that you can make a book available for free download and still sell lots of copies.
In the NY Times, Judge Richard Posner called the report a “literary triumph,” although he then went on to criticize its recommendations.
The latest issue of Harper’s trashes the 9/11 report. Anyone catch that article?
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