The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
By Lawrence Wright
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400030842, 540pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
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National Book Award Finalist
A "Time," " Newsweek," " Washington Post," " Chicago Tribune," ""and "New York Times Book Review" Best Book of the Year
A 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.
Afghanistan is not an easy country to fully grasp. Author Nadeem Aslam recommends three books that help make the United States' involvement there — both before and after Sept. 11 — a little easier to understand. More at NPR.org
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