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The fifth anniversary of 9-11 is coming up, which makes us wonder how safe we are: David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz ask ARE WE READY? Theyll talk about how 9-11 permanently altered the political, cultural, and organizational life of the country, and consider whether we are now better prepared to withstand another potentially devastating attack. Their new book is Are We Ready? Public Health since 9/11.
Plus: WHAT IS HEZBOLLAH? JUAN COLE explains that it’s not a terrorist network like Al Qaeda he writes the key blog on the Mideast, Informed Comment, teaches history at the U. of Michigan, and is past president of the Middle East Studies Association.
Plus: AMY WILENTZ talks about what its like for a Jersey Girl who moves to L.A. she analyzes the Schwarzenegger thing, and she ridicules the rich in her new book I Feel Earthquakes More Often than they Happen. Amy was Jerusalem corresponent for The New Yorker and is a contributing editor of The Nation. She will be reading and signing at Vromans Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Thurs 9/7, 7pm.
Web extra: Your Minnesota Moment: Once a Progressive State, Minnesota Is Now a Fief of the N.R.A., a great piece by Verlyn Klinkenborg in Tuesdays New York Times.