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Wright, Lawrence 1947-

Overview
Works: 69 works in 217 publications in 5 languages and 14,200 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Case studies  History  Fiction  Film adaptations  Motion picture plays 
Roles: 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 )
31 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 4,106 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 )
14 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2,245 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
Twins : and what they tell us about who we are by Lawrence Wright( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 2,183 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
Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and German and held by 964 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
The looming tower al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Sound Recording )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2009 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 )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 559 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
God's favorite : a novel by Lawrence Wright( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 558 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
Going clear Scientology, Hollywood, & the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 465 libraries worldwide
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former scientologists, both famous and less well known, and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uncovers the inner workings of the Church of Scientology
City children, country summer by Lawrence Wright( Book )
2 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 361 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
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda's road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 252 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
Twins : genes, environment and the mystery of human identity by Lawrence Wright( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Shortlisted for the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Science for 1997. Comprehensive bibliography
The siege by Edward Zwick( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 85 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
De toren van onheil : Al-Qaida en de weg naar 11 september by Lawrence Wright( Book )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Dutch and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Geschiedenis en achtergronden van het hedendaagse moslimterrorisme tot en met de aanslagen van 11 september 2001
Der Tod wird euch finden : Al-Qaida und der Weg zum 11. September by Lawrence Wright( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in German and held by 59 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 42 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
La torre elevada : Al-Qaeda y los orígenes del 11-s by Lawrence Wright( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Spanish and held by 33 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 tragedies
The siege (1998) shooting script by Lawrence Wright( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
La guerre cachée : Al-Qaïda et les origines du terrorisme islamiste by Lawrence Wright( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in French and English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
UPDATED 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. From the Trade Paperback edition
Im Gefängnis des Glaubens : Scientology, Hollywood und die Innenansicht einer modernen Kirche by Lawrence Wright( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Gemelos : entorno, genes y el misterio de la identidad by Lawrence Wright( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and held by 15 libraries worldwide
 
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ライト, ローレンス
Languages
English (135)
Spanish (9)
German (8)
French (4)
Dutch (2)
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