A History of the World since 9/11

Here’s a mockup of the UK cover art for A History of the World since 9/11. Bloomsbury in the US are designing their own cover. The text on the back is a draft (not written by me: these things get done elsewhere, then are forwarded for author approval) and rather out-of date: I was going to include a wonderful story in the book about the Masai in Kenya – and their reaction to 9/11 – but this never happened in the end. I was also going to write a story about the Israeli attack on the oil refinery/storage site at Jiyyeh in Lebanon in 2006 – a strike that led to the worst environmental disaster in the Mediterranean’s history. Once again – as often happens in these things – there wasn’t enough time or enough room in the book for the story. Which has proved pretty typical of the entire research and writing process.

The main dilemma I faced in writing this book was choosing which stories to tell. This is largely the reason why a book commissioned in 2006-7 for publication in 2008-9 ended up taking twice that amount of time and is now due out in 2011.

It’s been a long, long haul. Hopefully it’s been worth it.


One thought on “A History of the World since 9/11

  1. Hi Dom,

    I’d love to know the story of the Masai and their reaction to 9/11 – will you be putting it up on your site? If it’s already written, that’d be great. If not, sorry to ask you to write again!!

    And I’m so glad you finally listened to Chris and let him do this site for you – it’s spot on.

    I shall check back regulalry for more uploads,



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