The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda And the Road to 9/11 (Hardcover)

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    Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer forThe New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction—City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan;and Twins—he has also written a novel, God’s Favorite, and was cowriter of the movieThe Siege. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
    A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    The Looming Tower achieves an unprecedented level of intimacy and insight by telling the story through the interweaving lives of four men: the two leaders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri; the FBI’s counterterrorism chief, John O’Neill; and the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal.

    As these lives unfold, we see revealed: the crosscurrents of modern Islam that helped to radicalize Zawahiri and bin Laden . . . the birth of al-Qaeda and its unsteady development into an organization capable of the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole . . . O’Neill’s heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers . . . Prince Turki’s transformation from bin Laden’s ally to his enemy . . . the failures of the FBI, CIA, and NSA to share intelligence that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks.

    The Looming Tower broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Here is Sayyid Qutb, founder of the modern Islamist movement, lonely and despairing as he meets Western culture up close in 1940s America; the privileged childhoods of bin Laden and Zawahiri; family life in the al-Qaeda compounds of Sudan and Afghanistan; O’Neill’s high-wire act in balancing his all-consuming career with his equally entangling personal life—he was living with three women, each of them unaware of the others’ existence—and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies.

    Brilliantly conceived and written, The Looming Tower draws all elements of the story into a galvanizing narrative that adds immeasurably to our understanding of how we arrived at September 11, 2001. The richness of its new information, and the depth of its perceptions, can help us deal more wisely and effectively with the continuing terrorist threat.

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    ISBN 9780375414862
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 464
    Publisher Date 2006-08-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 7.0 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Al Qaeda And the Road to 9/11
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Wright, Lawrence
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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      Enlightening and not a difficult book to read. Too bad it couldn't somehow be required reading for everyone on the planet.

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      This is a well-written and well-researched book that will greatly increase your understanding of world affairs in the light of 9/11.

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