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    The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (CD-Audio) By (author) Lawrence Wright, Narrator Alan Sklar

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    DescriptionA 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 conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. "The Looming Tower" achieves an unprecedented level of intimacy and insight by telling the story through the interweaving lives of four men: the two leaders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri; the FBI's counterterrorism chief, John O'Neill; and the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal. As these lives unfold, we see revealed: the crosscurrents of modern Islam that helped to radicalize Zawahiri and bin Laden . . . the birth of al-Qaeda and its unsteady development into an organization capable of the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole . . . O'Neill's heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers . . . Prince Turki's transformation from bin Laden's ally to his enemy . . . the failures of the FBI, CIA, and NSA to share intelligence that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. "The Looming Tower" broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Here is Sayyid Qutb, founder of the modern Islamist movement, lonely and despairing as he meets Western culture up close in 1940s America; the privileged childhoods of bin Laden and Zawahiri; family life in the al-Qaeda compounds of Sudan and Afghanistan; O'Neill's high-wire act in balancing his all-consuming career with his equally entangling personal life--he was living with three women, each of them unaware of the others' existence--and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies. 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.


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    Title
    The Looming Tower
    Subtitle
    Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Wright, Narrator Alan Sklar
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400103058
    ISBN 10: 1400103053
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC subject category V2: HBLX
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 973.931
    BISAC V2.8: POL037000, POL036000
    DC21: 973.931
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037080
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036070
    LC classification: HV6432.7 .W75 2006B
    Thema V1.0: JPSH, N, JPWL
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    11 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    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. Alan Sklar is the winner of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a multiple finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by "AudioFile" magazine, his work has twice earned him a Booklist Editors' Choice Award, a "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by "ForeWord" magazine.
    Review quote
    ""Wright's interview-fueled, character-driven approach captures...the complexity of individual actors...as well as the fluid internal dynamics of the often covert terrorist organization.... A perceptive and intense page-turner."" ---Booklist Starred Review