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The Illustrated 9/11 Commission Report

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,118 ratings  ·  190 reviews
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government's fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, ...more
Published September 7th 2006 by Viking (first published 2006)
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I recently read the book "The 9/11 Report" by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, and it was terrible because it was not organized well. This book is a graphic representation of the unfortunate events that took place on September 11, 2001. Two major themes in this book are terrorism and failures by the U.S. from 1979-2001. The first theme was terrorism. The authors use a lot of evidence in the book about terrorism and what the causes and the effects are. The second major theme was that the U.S. did a ...more
Richie Partington
03 April 2007 THE 9/11 REPORT: A GRAPHIC ADAPTATION by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, Hill and Wang, 2006, ISBN: 0-8090-5738-7

"The Commission Recommends:


I have never read the 9/11 Commission's report. And while I've questioned my own ability
The concept for this graphic novel was great -- take the massive 9/11 report; illustrate it; pare it down to the basic need-to-know info about the history leading up to 9/11, the major players, who to blame and why, etc. . . .

But the execution lacked efficient organization and, often, strong writing. When someone takes a nonfiction subject and uses the graphic novel as the medium through which to illuminate that subject, usually the goal is to make things less muddled, not more.

Language should
This graphic novel, which I ran into in the comics section of my local bookstore today, is astoundingly simplistic and generally, badly done. It is a dry and weak chapter-for-chapter adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report, and has little merit apart from an unusually moving chapter on first responders. There are a lot of things a graphic novel can accomplish that a block of text cannot, but this is an awful misuse of a form that makes elegant and exceptional storytelling possible. This is a wo ...more
A must read for every American. An excellent summary of the 9/11 Panel's findings without the 1000-plus pages of the original report issued by the Panel. The illustrations are concise and serious; no "comic book" feel at all. I first heard about this book when the authors were interviewed on NPR; I was impressed with how they took this project seriously and how they felt very strongly that they needed to make the most critical information accessible to as many people as possible.
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Maya B
On September 11th, 2001 four planes were hijacked by the extrimist terriost group, Al Qaeda. Over 3000 people were killed on this awful day. On December 5th, 2005 the official 9/11 report was released by the FBI. Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colòn released an accessible graphic adaptation a year after in 2006. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation summarizes the original 9/11 report. This 160 page graphic novel also goes into detail about the the rise of Al Qaeda, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and ...more
Nach den Terroranschlägen auf die USA vom 11. September 2001 wurde eine Kommission eingesetzt, die die Ereignisse von vielen Seiten beleuchten sollte. Die “National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States”. Die Kommission untersuchte das Vorgehen der Flugzeugattentäter am 11. September, aber auch die politische Vorgeschichte, in der Infrastruktur und Taktiken entstehen konnten, die zusammenfassend als “New Terrorism” bezeichnet werden.

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Dec 24, 2014 Jeff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans
Recommended to Jeff by: debating official vs unofficial conspiracy theory
Q: Would you like a comic book adaptation of the gigantic, official government commission's report on the events of September 11th, 2001?
A: Yes, please! Thank you thank you thank you!

Q: OK, how about THIS comic book adaptation?
A: Since there ain't no other alternative, i guess i'll have to take it.

If you read through several 1- and 2-star reviews, you'll get the full complement of valid criticisms: repetitive; artwork and text that don't work together; poor writing (jargon, acronyms, lack of par
An excellent job with a few flaws - some key factors that weren't mentioned or were glossed over, e.g. the way that a number of Bin Laden's family were flown out of the U.S. while civilian flights were grounded. Still, the idea of presenting the content of the 9/11 Commission's report in this graphic novel format is ingenious and the execution very well done, a better job of presenting a mass of detail and maintaining an appropriate tone than I anticipated.
Lara Thompson
This book was a fantastic distillation of all the info in the large tome of the same name that I (and surely many many other people) would never read. I would have given this 4 stars had the ending not dragged on (this is likely the fault of the original document and it's purpose -- i wanted to read this for the information of the attacks themselves not recommendations from the oversight committee on what to change).
The artwork was powerful and added tremendously to the chosen passages. There i
It was a little hard to get through, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't used to reading comics. Overall though it's VERY interesting and communicates information to a reading base who might not get the message otherwise- like me : )
I poke around in the graphic novels section at my library to see if anything interests me (some things do, but never is Volume 1 available, always Volume 22 of a bajillion-part series). I found this and felt like, For real? You have taken a massive report and put it into the format of a slim graphic novel? Sold.

I was in high school when 9/11 happened, so I 100% remember that day and the images from the news. But I wasn't necessarily reading the newspaper every day and learning enough about what
This book is beautifully illustrated and makes it easier to understand the very complex events that led to the 9/11 attacks. I highly recommend this as a compelling guide to study this historical event.
How to rate or review something like this? The artwork is great, it's got everything I love about graphic novels,'s based on the 9/11 Commission Report, which I find lacking.

So I guess I give it five stars for being extremely well done, about 2 stars for "content" (not what the author&artists put in but what's contained within the Commission Report. so then ad another star for the fact that this makes the report accessible for many people who don't want to wade through politio-speak
E. Ozols
I'm torn on this book. On the one hand, I really liked the idea behind it- take an important yet dense government report that everyone should (but almost nobody will) read and make it more accessible and appealing to a different audience. And in that regard I guess it worked on me- reading the real report has been on my to-do list for years and was likely to stay that way until I discovered this graphic novel and figured I would give it a try. I read the whole thing in about four days (very quic ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
The official 911 report is 800 pages long; this graphic adaptation remains true to the report but clarifies and condenses it. The combination of visuals and text show what happened, what led up to the attack, who knew about it and when. The book conveys the 911 Commission’s findings on government agencies’ communication gaps and failures.

Jacobson and Colon deserve nothing but praise for this innovative and brilliant adaptation of an important document most of us will never read. There are few hi
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I am going to think about this review for a bit. I'll post it later. Very good.

I am a pretty educated human being, or at least I try to be, but I remember that when 9/11 happened (I was a sophomore in college), I was completely shocked by what had happened. I cried and I saw many others cry in the days and weeks following this tragedy. And we are in Orlando, FL not being directly affected by the death and destruction. However, I think
The 9/11 Commission Report is probably something every American should read. The PDF is here:

But if you are interested in something perhaps a bit more accessible, then you should read The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. It does an excellent job of building a time line of events for all four airliners involved in the terrorist attacks, sketching out the details of how the hijackers prepared themselves, and the reaction of various government departments and politi
Holden Attradies
the idea was amazing, and it is REALLY cool that this book exists. but could it have been done much better? Yes. The writing is still fairly thick and hard to get your head around if your not used to the way government reports are written. A lot of time abbreviations are used when they really shouldn't be (and it's not to save space, there is too much white space in this), and that are not fully evident. The art work was fairly sub par for a graphic novel. It was really obvious that the artist w ...more
Mike Aragona
The goal of this book was to try to make The 9/11 Report accessible to a larger number of readers. Sid and Ernie had tried to read it when it came out and realized just how much information is in there and how much of a shame it would be if regular citizens would stay away from it. This project was hatched to fill that need and to hopefully be used as some kind of teaching tool so students would understand the history and need of changes.[return][return]To that end, this goal is definitely reach ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Leslie Myrick
While I disagree with Stan Lee that this sets a new standard for graphic storytelling, I will say that the author and artist certainly deserve credit for trying to render an official government report (hardly a model of gripping prose) into a more readily accessible graphic (i.e., comic book) format.

My problems with this book have less to do with the actual graphic adaptation itself, which is adequate if not brilliant, and more to do with the Commission Report upon which it is based. While I do
Julia P
From 8:46 on the morning of September 11th, America completely changed. Two hijacked fuel-filled planes crashed into the twin towers, killing thousands of lives and injuring many people. After the second plane hit (flight 175) we were positive that this tragic scheme was no accident.
What is the history behind it? Who did it? Why would anyone ever do something so horrible? Why would someone care so much about killing Americans that they didn't mind getting killed in the process? These are common

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Never before have I seen a nonfiction book as beautifully and compellingly written and illustrated as The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. I cannot recommend it too highly. It will surely set the standard for all future works of contemporary history, graphic or otherwise, and should be required reading in every home, school and library. - Stan Lee

I'm equally as impressed as Stan Lee. This graphic novel is fantastic work. It's also a brilliant way to present t
Betty Hinton
Audience: This book would be a great book for student 6th- 9th grade to read.

Appeal: It’s a book about history. It’s written like a comic book, so it would be easy for students to follow along. It gives a time line as the event occurred and pictures to go along with it. So students can not only read about what was happening they can see what was happening. It gives detailed information leading up the 9/11 attack. I did find the book difficult to follow at times. But, students who love history wi
I was curious how someone could make a graphic novel of a Congressional Commission Report. The authors had an interesting intent of trying to make the report more accessible to those who may never otherwise read the report. Whether or not that worked is debatable, but it did do a good job at remaining fairly accurate to the report.

Re-telling the events that led to that horrifying day in graphic novel format really makes it all feel as if it was nothing more than a bad dream. A nightmare we have
Isaac Collins
I have recently read the book, "The 9/11 Report," it was written by Sid Jacobson. It is a great story about the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. I learned so many new things about the attack and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wanted to know more about 9/11.

The purpose of this book is that Sid Jacobson wanted us to know everything that happened on 9/11, meaning who set it up, who was involved, and how the government reacted to it. Sid Jacobson wanted us to know ever
Rich F
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government's fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that trag ...more
Alex Telander
THE 9/11 REPORT: A GRAPHIC ADAPTATION BY SID JACOBSON AND ERNIE COLON: Naturally, this graphic adaptation has been getting a lot of flack from different people related to the September 11th attacks, because they still feel that comics are for a child’s enjoyment, to entertain and encourage a child’s humor, and they don’t know that in some ways they can do more than books in both informing through words and explaining through art. Sometimes a lot more can be said through a picture with words.

I ha
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A few things jumped out at me differently on reading this version. I didn't remember the original making such a strong point of the non-involvement of Iraq and Hezbollah in the events of 9/11. The key passage about the FBI agent who speculated that someone might fly a plane into the World Trade Centre has been toned down. But the utter confusion among the US top leadership on the morning of the attacks is even better portrayed in graphical fo ...more
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