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The Resource The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Title
The looming tower
Title remainder
Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Wright
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 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
Summary
Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks
Writing style
Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2007.
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, 2006.
  • J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, 2007.
  • Lionel Gelber Prize (Canada), 2007.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2006
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
163123
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.931
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6432.7
LC item number
.W75 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Contents
The martyr -- The sporting club -- The founder -- Change -- The miracles -- The base -- Return of the hero -- Paradise -- The Silicon Valley -- Paradise lost -- The prince of darkness -- The boy spies -- Hijira -- Going operational -- Bread and water -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium -- Boom -- The big wedding -- Revelations
Control code
2564772
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375414862
Lccn
2006041032
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm64592193
  • (OCoLC)64592193
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Contents
The martyr -- The sporting club -- The founder -- Change -- The miracles -- The base -- Return of the hero -- Paradise -- The Silicon Valley -- Paradise lost -- The prince of darkness -- The boy spies -- Hijira -- Going operational -- Bread and water -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium -- Boom -- The big wedding -- Revelations
Control code
2564772
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375414862
Lccn
2006041032
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm64592193
  • (OCoLC)64592193

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