“bracing ... raw and urgent” -- New York Times
“an intelligent and deeply-felt account of a chaotic period, imbued with the poignant wisdom of retrospect” -- The Economist
“a deeply humane, pellucidly intelligent work about the world as it seemed, at least for a spell, to go dark” -- National Review
“an urgent, tender book” -- San Francisco Chronicle
“extends beyond those first weeks to ‘a time when the public memory of September 11’ became ‘more useful to the powerful and increasingly useless to the rest of us.’ Malcomson’s book is a moving effort to restore that public memory.” -- The New Yorker
“a fine piece of writing: moving, civilized” -- Open Letters Monthly
Podcast of discussion with Francis Fukuyama at World Affairs Council.
Video of appearance at New America Foundation/Foreign Policy
(with Susan Glasser)
Video of discussion with John Burns at the Frontline Club
Video of appearance at Center for American Progress
(with Caroline Wadhams, John Norris, and Mark Quarterman)
With the intelligence and decency of a cosmopolitan who also loves his country, Scott Malcomson helps us to understand both the local human consequences and the global political significance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad two years later. Generation's End is a deeply human reflection on his own responses, as a husband and father, a friend and a colleague, a journalist and an editor, and as an American and a citizen of the world.
-- Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of Cosmopolitanism and The Honor Code and president, PEN American Center
In this original and affecting account of New York after the September 11 attacks, Scott Malcomson draws us back to a time of extraordinary clarity and exceptional confusion about America’s sense of itself and its place in the world. By doing so, he helps to make sense of where we were and where we have now arrived. This is a cathartic and honest work.
-- Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens and president of the New America Foundation
So much has happened in the decade since September 11 that it is hard to recollect how the world seemed back then. Generation's End is an evocative memoir of how our collective consciousness evolved, that helps us better understand ourselves today.
-- Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and The Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy
Generation's End returns us to a harrowing period in all its confusion and loss, but this time we have a guide. Malcomson's brave investigations lead us to a new, keen understanding of how the early years after 9/11 still shape our world today.
-- Colson Whitehead, author of The Colossus of New York and Sag Harbor