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

Author: Lawrence Wright; Mapping Specialists, Ltd.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Wrightʼs 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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Wright; Mapping Specialists, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780786292608 0786292601
OCLC Number: 71812714
Notes: Originally published: New York : Knopf, ©2006.
Maps by Mapping Specialists, Ltd.
Description: 873 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue --
1 The Martyr --
2 The Sporting Club --
3 The Founder --
4 Change --
5 The Miracles --
6 The Base --
7 Return of the Hero --
8 Paradise --
9 The Silicon Valley --
10 Paradise Lost --
11 The Prince of Darkness --
12 The Boy Spies --
13 Hijira --
14 Going Operational --
15 Bread and Water --
16 ʺNow It Beginsʺ --
17 The New Millennium --
18 Boom --
19 The Big Wedding --
20 Revelations --
Principal Characters --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Author Interviews --
Acknowledgments and Notes on Sources.
Responsibility: by Lawrence Wright.

Abstract:

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 Wrightʼs 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 FBIʼs counterterrorism chief, John OʼNeill; 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 ... OʼNeillʼs heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers ... Prince Turkiʼs transformation from bin Ladenʼs 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; OʼNeillʼs 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 othersʼ existence-and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies.

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