Historian Rebecca Solnit talks about how 9-11 should be remembered

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Nine-eleven commemorations across the country have focused on those who died and their families. Some critics say we should pay greater attention to those who survived.

Historian and writer Rebecca Solnit recently published a book on people's reaction to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. In Paradise in Hell Solnit argues that events like the September 11th attacks, while tragic, also bring out the best in people and show us ways in which our societies can improve. Solnit says that the US government and the media ignored these lessons and did quite the opposite. Her essay on the topic was published today on tomdispatch.com.

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