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The Looming Tower

Lawrence Wright

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The Looming Tower is a detailed account of the events that led up to the coordinated terrorist attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001.


The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower

by Lawrence Wright


Osama bin Laden was one of the most wanted terrorists of the 21st century, as is his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. They both found their inspiration for global terrorism in the fundamentalist teachings of Sayyid Qutb. How did a once-obscure Egyptian Islamic scholar come to influence some of the deadliest terror attacks in history?

Lawrence Wright writes for The New Yorker and is a fellow at the Center for Law and Security at New York University. He has earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work. In his 2006 New York Times bestseller The Looming Tower, Wright unveils the personal and ideological aspirations that motivate Al Qaeda's leaders. Wright uncovers the internal disputes between the CIA and the FBI that translated into one of the biggest tragedies of the 21st century so far.

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Radicalism usually prospers in the gap between rising expectations and declining opportunities … where the population is young, idle, and bored; where the art is impoverished ... where young men are set apart from the consoling and socializing presence of women.

- Lawrence Wright

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