Walking home to her Upper East
Side apartment [on 9/11/2001], she stopped at a
bar. As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men,
neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to
compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941
that blew America into World War II:
“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.
The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”
“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.
At that moment, Ms. Jacoby said, “I decided to write this book.”