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Wright, Lawrence 1947-

Works: 56 works in 326 publications in 10 languages and 19,161 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Case studies  History  Fiction  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  Short films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Illustrator, Scenarist, Conceptor, Creator
Classifications: HV6432.7, 973.931
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Publications about Lawrence Wright
Publications by Lawrence Wright
Most widely held works by Lawrence Wright
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Book )
54 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 4,480 libraries worldwide
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
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright( Book )
27 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,485 libraries worldwide
"A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack, The Looming Tower. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard. At the book's center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant L. Ron Hubbard--whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion tailor-made to prosper in the spiritually troubled post-World War II era. And his successor, David Miscavige--tough and driven, with the inenviable task of preserving the church in the face of ongoing scandals and continual legal assaults. We learn about Scientology's esoteric cosmology; about the auditing process that determines an inductee's state of being, about the Bridge to Total Freedom, through which members gain eternal life. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are exploited to advance the church's goals. We meet young idealists who joined the Sea Org, the church's clergy, whose members often enter as children, signing up with a billion-year contract and working with little pay in poor conditions. We meet men and women "disconnected" from friends and a family by the church's policy of shunning critical voices. And we discover, through many firsthand stories, the violence that has long permeated the inner sanctum of the church. In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of the constitutional protections achieved in its victory over the IRS. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding and synthesis, and his ability to shape a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that goes far beyond an immediate exposé and uncovers the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is"--
Thirteen days in September : Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright( Book )
16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,687 libraries worldwide
With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations, explaining the relevant background to the conflict and to all the major participants at the conference, from the three heads of state to their mostly well-known seconds working furiously behind the scenes
Twins : and what they tell us about who we are by Lawrence Wright( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,520 libraries worldwide
Recent studies of twins have shaken the field of psychology to its foundation, revolutionizing our understanding of our own personalities. Because identical twins separated at birth share all the same genes, yet live separate lives, they offer a unique opportunity to test theories about the roles played by nature and nurture in shaping who we are. Twins directly challenges many long-held beliefs. For instance, a series of groundbreaking studies of twins has shown that our genes play a much stronger role in shaping our identities than previously thought. Today, scientists can actually estimate what proportion of our intelligence, our personality, and our behavior is determined by inherited tendencies. Even our political orientation and our religious commitment, it turns out, are largely governed by our genes. Twins is filled with astounding stories of identical twins who have lived entirely separate lives but have an incredible amount in common: their hobbies, their mannerisms, their taste in music, food, and clothes, their experiences in marriage and divorce, their careers, their sexuality, even the names they've given their children
The siege by Edward Zwick( visu )
53 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 995 libraries worldwide
The United States government abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law
Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 5 languages and held by 919 libraries worldwide
The shocking and controversial case of Paul Ingram - to all appearances a happily married husband and father of five - who was accused of sexual abuse by his two daughters, ages twenty-two and eighteen, is told in a book that raises profound questions about the phenomenon known as recovered memory. The story begins on a day in November 1988 as Ingram, a deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington, arrives at his office, is relieved of his gun and his badge, and is brought into an interrogation room where, in an atmosphere of gathering hysteria, he is questioned by his boss and two of his fellow officers. When Ingram says he has no memory of assaulting his daughters, the interrogators suggest that he is "in denial" and will feel much better if he can remember and get it off his chest. Over the next days and weeks, he, along with his daughters, and eventually his wife and two of his three sons, did exactly that. All of them "remembered" many instances, over a period of more than fifteen years, of sexual molestation and finally of abuse - even murder - connected to satanic rites, instances involving their entire family, some friends, and other members of the sheriff's department. As dozens of people became implicated, outside experts of every stripe - mental health professionals, the FBI, memory specialists, abuse counselors - were brought in, and the case attracted national attention. Remembering Satan grippingly relates what happened to Ingram, to his wife, to his daughters, and to the others engulfed by these events. It is also an examination of the recovered memory phenomenon, which seems to be surfacing everywhere - the retrieval years later of supposed traumatic events that lie buried in the subconscious. Ultimately the book explores what may be happening in people's memories and why it is happening now. Fascinating, unsettling, Remembering Satan penetrates a psychological mystery as it looks into the hidden ways the mind remembers. A cautionary tale for our time
Going clear : Scientology & the prison of belief ( visu )
3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 868 libraries worldwide
" ... [A] look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees."--Container
The looming tower al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Sound Recording )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
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
Saints & sinners : Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell, Matthew Fox by Lawrence Wright( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 535 libraries worldwide
Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher, whose challenges to established ways of thinking (in the late sixties he shocked both the left and the right by expanding his civil rights ministry to include the Ku Klux Klan) and stubborn refusal to come up with easy answers have made him a legend in his own time. Matthew Fox, a Dominican, constantly at war with a Vatican that is trying to defrock him, who incorporates elements of New Age and revolutionary thinking into his priesthood, and is willing to explore unorthodox paths to spiritual awakening. Bringing us close to these six, letting us listen to their voices and see them in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the tasks, passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith
Going clear Scientology, Hollywood, & the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright( Sound Recording )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 530 libraries worldwide
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology
God's favorite : a novel by Lawrence Wright( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 507 libraries worldwide
"Lawrence Wright captures all the drama and black humor of Panama during the final, nerve-racking days of its legendary dictator, Manuel Antonio Noriega." "Drawn from a historical record more dramatic than even the most artful spy novel, God's Favorite is a darkly comic fictional account of the events that occurred in Panama from 1985 to the dictator's capture in 1989. With a journalist's eye for detail, Lawrence Wright leads the reader toward a dramatic face-off in the Vatican embassy, where Noriega confronts his psychological match in the Papal Nuncio."--Jacket
City children, country summer by Lawrence Wright( Book )
2 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 340 libraries worldwide
An up-close account of the experience of inner city New York kids--black and Latino, from ghettos and projects--who spent a summer in an Amish and Mennonite farm community in Central Pennsylvania in the late 1970s, sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund
Thirteen days in September : Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 222 libraries worldwide
A day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty; the first treaty in the modern Middle East, which endures to this day. With his insight into the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations
Twins : genes, environment and the mystery of human identity by Lawrence Wright( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Shortlisted for the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Science for 1997. Comprehensive bibliography
Hold on to your veil, Fatima! : and other snapshots of life in contemporary Egypt by Sanna Negus( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Author Sanna Negus weaves together intimate stories with historical narratives and news events to reveal the other side of Egypt, a modern nation a long way removed from the pyramids and temples visited by most visitors to the country
Perspective in perspective by Lawrence Wright( Book )
10 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 49 libraries worldwide
Les jumeaux et leur jumeau : les mystères de l'identité humaine by Lawrence Wright( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in French and held by 43 libraries worldwide
Passant en revue les études les plus récentes sur la gémellité, l'auteur cherche des réponses sur les questions d'identité, sur l'inné et l'acquis. Ce faisant, l'ouvrage offre une synthèse accessible des connaissances scientifiques actuelles concernant les jumeaux
Noriega God's favorite by Neil Simon( visu )
4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
"From the slums of Panama to its richest palace, General Manuel Noriega's incredible rise to power led him to believe he was above all judgment, even God's. This ruthless dictator has an insatiable appetite for women, money and power that drove him to sell secrets to Cuba, make millions rom drug deals, and slaughter his enemies, while on the payroll of the U.S. Army and the CIA"--Container
The terror years : from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State by Lawrence Wright( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
"Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS. With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread. They include an indelible impression of Saudi Arabia, a kingdom of silence under the control of the religious police; the Syrian film industry, then compliant at the edges but already exuding a feeling of the barely masked fury that erupted into civil war; the 2006-11 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, a study in disparate values of human lives. Others continue to look into al-Qaeda as it forms a master plan for its future, experiences a rebellion from within the organization, and spins off a growing web of terror in the world. The American response is covered in profiles of two FBI agents and a chief of the CIA. It ends with the recent devastating piece about the capture and beheading by ISIS of four American journalists and aid workers, and how our government failed to handle the situation"--
In the new world : growing up with America, 1960-1984 by Lawrence Wright( Book )
6 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
We first meet Larry Wright in 1960. He is thirteen and moving with his family to Dallas, the essential city of the New World just beginning to rise across the southern rim of the United States. As we follow him through the next two decades'the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the devastating assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the sexual revolution, the crisis of Watergate, and the emergence of Ronald Reagan'we relive the pivotal and shocking events of those crowded years. Lawrence Wright has written the autobiography of a generation, giving back to us with stunning force the feelings of those turbulent times when the euphoria of Kennedy's America would come to its shocking end. Filled with compassion and insight, In the New World is both the intimate tale of one man's coming-of-age, and a universal story of the American experience of two crucial decades
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Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusforfattar
Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusförfattare
Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusforfatter
Lawrence Wright amerikansk manuskriptforfatter
Lawrence Wright auteur, scénariste, auteur dramatique, journaliste au "New Yorker"
Lawrence Wright (schrijver) Amerikaans auteur
Lawrence Wright US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und Drehbuchautor
Райт, Лоуренс
לורנס רייט
لارنس رایت فیلمنامه‌نویس آمریکایی
라이트, 로렌스
ライト, ローレンス
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German (24)
Spanish (19)
French (11)
Italian (5)
Dutch (3)
Chinese (2)
Japanese (2)
Polish (2)
Hebrew (1)
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