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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
The Looming Tower Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 RunTime: 16 hrs 30 min, 14 CDs. 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 con... more »ducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. 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.« less
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.
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.