― Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
Retreating they had form'd in a hollow square with their baggage for
Nine hundred lives out of the surrounding enemies, nine times their
number, was the price they took in advance,
Their colonel was wounded and their ammunition gone,
They treated for an honorable capitulation, receiv'd writing and
seal, gave up their arms and march'd back prisoners of war.
At the Same Time | Susan Sontag | Macmillan
But in both roles, At the Same Time reminds us, Sontag defined and demanded higher standards of justice and truthfulness in the necessarily and unnecessarily imperfect societies in which we live.
Included here are two essays that provoked a great deal of controversy in the US: '9.11.01', written a few days after the attacks, and 'Regarding the Torture of Others', a reflection on the obscene photographs that issued from Abu Ghraib prison showing American soldiers torturing their captives.