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Author: Steven Brill Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780743540926
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After is an astounding, inspiring, and exciting account of America in the first year of the September 12th era. Based on 347 on-the-record interviews and revelations from memos of government meetings, court filings and other documents, award winning journalist Steven Brill takes us inside the critical dramas of the year after the September 11 attacks -- from the Justice Department's drive to find terror cells, to Congress's decision to bail out the airline industry, to a Ground Zero real estate mogul's audacious plan to litigate his way to an extra $3.5 billion in insurance proceeds.

In After we go inside the late night audiences that lobbyists get with congressional leaders like Tom DeLay. We're in the White House sub-basement as the mammoth Department of Homeland Security is patched together, agency by agency. And we're in a young widow's living room as she struggles to hold her family together and make sense of the various charities and government funds that may be available to her.

But beyond being a masterpiece of reporting, After is a riveting narrative of people -- some well known, others not known at all -- facing the defining challenge of their lives. As their paths cross in a series of surprising alliances and confrontations, Brill finds in their stories the answer to how America changed and prevailed.

After is an indelible picture of America and Americans battling their way through a time of crisis. And we see that Americans and their country were anything but soft when it came to standing up the morning after. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Brill’s experience in law and business helps him make the minutiae of policy and of legal disputes fascinating.” 

    New Yorker

  • “[A] richly detailed, day-by-day account of how America mobilized to protect our now-clearly-vulnerable homeland and to help rebuild not just Ground Zero, but the thousands of shattered lives that were affected by the attacks.”, editorial review

  • “Brill often displays formidable journalistic research, sharp reporting and lively characterizations.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There have already been enough books published about September 11 to fill a good-size bookcase. Brill writes instead about what happened September 12 and afterward, and he offers a wealth of moving, thought-provoking information.” 


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/9/2013

    " Seems almost like another world back then when we were united in our sorrow and anger against the terrorists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/16/2009

    " A somewhat plodding, but informative book, about the six months after 9/11 and the machinations of the Bush Administration, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the attempt to placate the families of the victims and the aftermath on the lives of people who were impacted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/4/2007

    " Seems almost like another world back then when we were united in our sorrow and anger against the terrorists. "

About the Author

Steven Brill, a New York Times bestselling author, has written for the New Yorker, Time, and the New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he also founded and ran Court TV, American Lawyer magazine, ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill’s Content magazine. He was the author of Time’s 2013 special report “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service. He teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to encourage and enable talented young people to become journalists.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time OBIE award winner. He has received five Audie Awards and seven Golden Earphone Awards for his work in over 100 audiobooks and was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared in numerous Broadway, television, and film roles. He played Mozart on Broadway in Amadeus and has appeared on television shows including Shameless, The Good Wife, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Law & Order.