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Where were you on 9/11?

It is an event etched into our collective memory. We asked writers, politicians, and activists to re

By Staff Blogger

The events of 11th September 2001 changed the course of history. As last week’s leader puts it: “Everyone of a certain age can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the al-Qaeda attacks on the Pentagon and Pennsylvania and the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.” The sheer scale and audacity of the attack presented a new kind of threat for the globalised age, as did the shock of something happening on American soil, previously seen as untouchable.

In the New Statesman‘s 9/11 special, we asked writers, politicians, and activists to remember where they were when they heard the news. Here are their responses. Please feel free to share your own memories in the comment box below.

Elizabeth Turner, author of The Blue Skies of Autumn

Jonathon Powell, former chief of staff at 10 Downing Street

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