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The Second Plane

(2008)
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A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers fourteen pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.

At the heart of this collection is the long essay “Terror and Boredom,” an unsparing analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's flummoxed response to it, while other pieces address the invasion of Iraq, the realities of Iran, and Tony Blair's lingering departure from Downing Street (and also his trips to Washington and Iraq). Amis's reviews of pertinent books and films, from The Looming Tower to United 93, provide a far-ranging survey of other responses to these calamitous issues, which are further explored in two short stories: “The Last Days of Muhammed Atta,” its subject self-evident, and “In the Palace of the End,” narrated by a Middle Eastern tyrant's double whose duties include epic lovemaking, grotesque torture, and the duplication on his own body of the injuries sustained by his alter ego in constant assassination attempts.

Whether lambasted for his refusal to kowtow to Muslim pieties or hailed for his common sense, wide reading, and astute perspective, Amis is indisputably a great pleasure to read—informed, elegant, surprising—and this collection a resounding contemplation of the relentless, manifold dangers we suddenly find ourselves living with.



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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-676-97785-5 / 978-0-676-97785-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 1-4000-4454-5 / 978-1-4000-4454-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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January 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11, 2001-2007: September 11, 2001-2007, The
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-224-07610-8 / 978-0-224-07610-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-676-97786-3 / 978-0-676-97786-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom (Vintage International)
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 1-4000-9600-6 / 978-1-4000-9600-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11, 2001-2007
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 0-09-948869-8 / 978-0-09-948869-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Second Plane, The
Author(s): Martin Amis
ISBN: 1-5113-1723-X / 978-1-5113-1723-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11, 2001-2007
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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April 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom
Author(s): Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage
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