"Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post-World War II era. We're still weeks away from the end of '09, but it's not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want -- just give thanks that it is nearly over."
-- From Time magazine's cover story this week, "The Decade From Hell"
In case you've somehow, impossibly, forgotten just how bad a decade it's been -- just how drastically this country has changed, how thoroughly unrecognizable America is from what it was just ten years ago -- watch this slide show.