In A History of the World Since 9/11 Dominic Streatfeild expertly combines history, biography and investigative journalism to show how a massacre on a clear September day in 2001 has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In a series of brilliantly interlinked chapters he shows how an Afghani wedding party; and a gas station proprietor in Texas; and a planespotter in Mallorca have been affected, sometimes devastatingly, by the American response to the attacks on the Twin Towers.
Streatfeild shows how the sleep of reason and good sense in successive US administrations post-9/11 has brought forth the monsters of extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, extrajudicial execution and wholesale contravention of international law. This is a work that informs as it entertains and induces outrage as it inspires.
Dominic Streatfeild is the author of: Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography and Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control which was shotlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize. He is also a documentary maker specialising in military and security issues. His television work includes BBC2's Exocet - detailing MI6 and the SAS's clandestine war for the Falkland Islands and exposing the real reasons for the loss of HMS Sheffield - and the Discovery Channel's series Age of Terror, examining the roots of political violence. Airing in over 100 countries, Age of Terror included interviews with members of 18 terrorist groups including FARC, the IRA, The Shining Path and Hezbollah. The series won a British Broadcast Award in 2003.