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    DescriptionUPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD 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.

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    The Looming Tower
    Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Wright
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 540
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400030842
    ISBN 10: 1400030846

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    Edition statement
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    16 PP. B&W; 1 MAP
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    01 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction--"City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; "and "Twins"--he has also written a novel, "God's Favorite," and was cowriter of the movie "The Siege." He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
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    "Marvelous. . . . Not just a heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11, written with style and verve. . . . A thoughtful examination of the world that produced the men who brought us 9/11." --"The New York Times Book Review""At once wrenchingly intimate and boldly sweeping in its historical perspective. . . . A narrative history that possesses all the immediacy and emotional power of a novel." --"The New York Times""A stunningly well-researched opus that puts the catastrophe in vibrant context." --"Entertainment Weekly""Lawrence Wright's book is my new touchstone. None of the previous books led me to say 'Aha, now I think I understand' as frequently." --Steve Weinberg, "The Boston Globe""Should be required reading for every American; yes, it is that good. It is hard to imagine a better portrait of 9/11 and its causes emerging anytime soon."--"The Christian Science Monitor ""Powerful and important . . . a history of a man and a movement, replete with the accidents of history and historic inevitability." --Kevin Horrigan, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch""Don't read "The Looming Tower "in bed. This book requires a straight spine and full attention . . . The reporting is so good that it will matter in 100 years. Wright's determined, disciplined work has made his book indispensable. " --Karen Long, "The Plain Dealer""A page-turner . . . encompassing religion, politics, economics and more. If you've been meaning to sharpen your understanding of what all led up to September 11, 2001, then Wright may have written just what you've been waiting for." --Tom Gallagher, "San Francisco Chronicle""Brilliant . . . describes the contorted intellectual journey that has taken place among some Muslims which allows a holy book that appears to condemn suicide and the killing on innocents to be used to justify catastrophic terrorism." --Stephen Fidler, "Financial Times""A magisterial, beautifully crafted narrative . . . This focus on character, along with Wright's five years of fie