A street in Long Beach, NY is littered with ruined possessions amid cleanup from Hurricane Sandy in this November 2012 image. Photo courtesy FEMA.

By Maggie Poulos

Icy saltwater surged from beneath the floorboards. Within minutes, my feet vanished and I was waist-deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Sandy was sweeping the Eastern Seaboard and taking my Long Island childhood home with it. …

By Claudia Koonz

A tribal headman with wife and sons in 1963 in the Chitral region of Afghanistan. Photo courtesy Claudia Koonz.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Snippets of dialog quoted in this essay were drawn from letters the author wrote during her travels.

“20-Year US War Ending as It Began, With Taliban Ruling.” “5,200 US soldiers. 66,000 Afghani military personnel, 47,000 civilians killed.” The recent headlines brought memories of a tribal…

A rescue worker reaches into a NYPD squad car following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress

By David H. Schanzer

This essay is part of the exhibition catalogue for “Post 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” at the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C. The author served as Guest Curator for this exhibit.

There are many searing images of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath.

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