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The Resource The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

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The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Title
The looming tower
Title remainder
Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Wright
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Writing style
Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2007.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, 2006.
  • J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, 2007.
  • Lionel Gelber Prize (Canada), 2007.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2006
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Wright, a New Yorker writer, brings exhaustive research and delightful prose to one of the best books yet on the history of terrorism. He begins with the observation that, despite an impressive record of terror and assassination, post–WWarII, Islamic militants failed to establish theocracies in any Arab country. Many helped Afghanistan resist the Russian invasion of 1979 before their unemployed warriors stepped up efforts at home. Al-Qaeda, formed in Afghanistan in 1988 and led by Osama bin Laden, pursued a different agenda, blaming America for Islam's problems. Less wealthy than believed, bin Laden's talents lay in organization and PR, Wright asserts. Ten years later, bin Laden blew up U.S. embassies in Africa and the destroyer Cole , opening the floodgates of money and recruits. Wright's step-by-step description of these attacks reveals that planning terror is a sloppy business, leaving a trail of clues that, in the case of 9/11, raised many suspicions among individuals in the FBI, CIA and NSA. Wright shows that 9/11 could have been prevented if those agencies had worked together. As a fugitive, bin Ladin's days as a terror mastermind may be past, but his success has spawned swarms of imitators. This is an important, gripping and profoundly disheartening book. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 19, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 25, p56)
  • /* Starred Review */ A comprehensive and compelling account of the events preceding and causing 9/11, with a tight focus on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and on the men who were pursuing him before the attacks.Wright, a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of titles dealing with subjects as divergent as "recovered memory" (Remembering Satan, 1994) and Manuel Noriega (God's Favorite, 2000), has written what must be considered a definitive work on the antecedents to 9/11. (He does deal briefly—and horrifyingly—with the attack itself.) Wright argues that the 1948 arrival of Sayyid Qutb in New York City was pivotal. Qutb saw a vast battle between Islam and the West and was disgusted by the decadence in the New World. His disciples would one day be myriad. The author shows the psychological effects on radical Islamists of the 1967 six-day war, examines the rise of Khomeini in Iran, the assassination of Sadat, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Soviet struggles in Afghanistan, the attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the suicide attack against the USS Cole, and other ominous, sanguinary events. But at the center is the story of Osama bin Laden. Wright carefully charts bin Laden's upbringing and gradual metamorphosis into the world's most notorious terrorist. (In a long note at the end, Wright acknowledges the difficulties of being certain of his facts in some cases.) The author profiles, as well, the redoubtable and complex FBI agent John O'Neill, who pursued bin Laden ferociously and then retired to become chief of security at the WTC, where he died on 9/11. Wright shows with devastating clarity that the CIA's reluctance to share its intelligence was a principal reason the FBI did not apprehend the hijackers beforehand. Bin Laden reportedly wept with joy when the planes hit their targets.Essential for an understanding of that dreadful day. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2006)
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1947-
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Wright, Lawrence
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Qaida (Organization)
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence service
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Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Contents
The martyr. -- The sporting club. -- The founder. -- Change. -- The miracles. -- The base. -- Return of the hero. -- Paradise. -- The Silicon Valley. -- Paradise lost. -- The prince of darkness. -- The boy spies. -- Hijira. -- Going operational. -- Bread and water. -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium. -- Boom. -- The big wedding. -- Revelations. -- Principal characters
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375414862
Lccn
2006041032
Other control number
9780375414862
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64592193
  • (OCoLC)64592193
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Contents
The martyr. -- The sporting club. -- The founder. -- Change. -- The miracles. -- The base. -- Return of the hero. -- Paradise. -- The Silicon Valley. -- Paradise lost. -- The prince of darkness. -- The boy spies. -- Hijira. -- Going operational. -- Bread and water. -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium. -- Boom. -- The big wedding. -- Revelations. -- Principal characters
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375414862
Lccn
2006041032
Other control number
9780375414862
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64592193
  • (OCoLC)64592193

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