The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORDNational Book Award FinalistA Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic... show more
UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORDNational Book Award FinalistA Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.
Publish date: August 21st 2007
Publisher: Vintage (Random House)
Pages no: 551
Edition language: English
So, did this account of the long wind-up to 9/11 “read like fiction,” as one of the blurbs proclaims? Well, there was a plot and strong narrative. There was intrigue. Far-flung settings, yes, and a list of characters long enough to rival "War and Peace." But at the same time, as engaging as it was, ...
A wonderful book, a must read. Every now and then I come in contact with a book that is the product of an incredibly impressive amount of research, conducted with diligence and perseverance over an extended period of time, written by a person with an astonishingly encyclopedic grasp of important ev...
A 3.75 and I'd possibly have liked it more had I not read it over such an elongated time. I was so fed up by still reading this book after so long I got a little bitter.
Excellent. The Looming Tower is an excellent narrative history of the events leading up to the September 11th terror attacks and will hopefully be required reading for any course on the subject. I had no idea how many knowledge gaps that I had about Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden and the U.S.' activities in...
Well, I finally found my notes and got this review finished - long overdue.For all the energy, lives and treasure we have devoted to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s important to remember that they had nothing to do with 9/11 which became the excuse for our actions rather than the proximate rationale. We ...