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The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda's Road to 9/11
The Looming Tower Al Qaeda's Road to 9/11
Author: Lawrence Wright
ISBN-13: 9780713999730
ISBN-10: 071399973X
Publication Date: 8/31/2006
Pages: 480
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Publisher: Allen Lane
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I thought I had read and knew everything about Bin Laden and Sept. 11, and didn't think this book would discuss anything new. I was wrong. The focus is on the beginnings of Islamic anger and leads to the development of Bin Laden and al-Queda, including how they were able to form. They could have been destroyed years ago; if not, then September 11 could have been prevented. Frustrating and exasperating.

Never forget.
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This book was an informative, historical look at the rise of Al Qaeda, beginning with a philosophy starting in the 1920's to a few months after 9/11. I'm not a huge historian, but the book was interesting and very understandable. I have a better understanding of the historical and philosophical backdrop to the events of 9/11, from Al Qaeda's perspective, as well as the political and historical context that surrounded the FBI, CIA and NSA, pre 9/11. Well written, researched & indexed.
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My head is swimming with the names of all the organizations and individuals who claim to be our enemies, but I consider this a must read, especially in light of what is happening in the Middle East today. Amazingly, the author manages to make sense of all that has happened and jis still happening.
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