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  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781407018898
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Second Plane

September 11, 2001-2007

One of Britain's finest writers confronts the 'defining moment' of the 21st century.

Martin Amis first wrote about September 11 a week later in a piece for TheGuardian beginning, 'It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment.'

He has kept returning to September 11, in essays and reviews, and in two remarkable short stories, 'In the Palace of the End' and 'The Last Days of Muhammad Atta'. All are collected here, together with an expanded account of his travels with Tony Blair in 2007 - to Belfast, to Washington, and to Baghdad and Basra.

'We are arriving at an axiom in long-term thinking about international terrorism,' he writes: 'the real danger lies, not in what it inflicts, but in what it provokes. Thus by far the gravest consequence of September 11, to date, is Iraq... Meanwhile, September 11 continues, it goes on, with all its mystery, its instability, and its terrible dynamism.'

  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781407018898
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction. His novel Time’s Arrow was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for which his subsequent novel Yellow Dog was also longlisted, and his memoir Experience won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. He lives in New York.

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Praise for The Second Plane

A stylist with the trick of defamiliarising the familiar, he is also a keen student of the public realm...we should prize him - for his engagement as well as his gifts


Entertaining, witty, thoughtful and sometimes discomforting


Essential reading


Possibly the most fully engaged writer of our age

David Aaronovitch, The Times

Trenchant, deeply informed and informative...an important volume

Independent on Sunday

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