This is Who We Were: In The 2000s Review

“This book gives readers a look at the 2000s from several different perspectives. The book begins with a short introduction that stresses the pivotal role of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in shaping the decade. This is followed by a section that profiles 27 people, including the last known survivor from the south tower of the World Trade Center, a special forces sergeant in the war in Afghanistan, a waitress, a healer, a heavy machinery operator, a girls basketball coach, an Irish immigrant and researcher, and a surfer and surfboard manufacturer. The profiles include various tools that maintain reader interest. At the end of the story of the World Trade Center terror attack survivor, for example, there are four textboxes that contain the final words of four people who perished. Likewise, the profile of the basketball coach concludes with a timeline related to Title IX. Following this section are 11 pages of bullet point highlights from the early, mid, and late part of the 2000s. These are not contextualized but offer interesting facts. The third section, Economy of the Times, offers lots of data to those looking for things like annual income for roofers, nurses, dentists, architects, and others in 2002, 2005, and 2008, respectively. Readers can also find the prices of particular items like sleeping bags, compasses, and beach towels throughout the decade. The fourth section is comprised of 50 reprinted (original) articles—book excerpts speeches, articles, advertising copy—from The Washington Post, Time, Wikinews, and other sources. Articles include the date of publication. The last section reproduces statistical data from the 2010 U.S. Census and State-by-State Comparative Tables from 2000, 2010, and 2016. Here readers can find statistics on Hispanic, white, black, rural, and foreign-born residents, maps, statistics on homeownership, and profiles for every state that feature black-and-white, easy-to-read maps. A brief list of suggested further readings and a subject index conclude the book. While much of this information can be found in other places, this volume puts it together in one digestible volume. Recommended.”
—ARBA Staff Reviewer