Summary of The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Copyright © 2006 by Lawrence Wright
Used by arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
Ponder the powerful political, religious and personal forces that drive Islamic radicals.
Religious zealotry, poverty, repression and cheap weapons are critical elements for any terrorist group, but in the hands of a charismatic leader they can foment a formidable movement. That’s how millionaire Osama bin Laden revived an archaic form of Islam to confront contemporary Muslims, modernity and Western culture. Lawrence Wright richly describes the people and events, including mismanaged U.S. intelligence information, which led to numerous attacks on U.S. interests – culminating, of course, in the destruction of the World Trade Center. This disturbing book explaining the prospects of a long-term jihad has all the elements of a crime thriller, except it is real. getAbstract considers this essential reading for anyone interested in terrorism, current events and how the forces of radical terrorism hope to shape the decades ahead.
In this summary, you will learn
- The political, religious and personal origins of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden; and
- How the U.S. missed the opportunity to thwart the 9/11 plot.
About the Author
Lawrence Wright taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, for two years. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he is a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. His books include City Children, Country Summer, In the New World, Saints and Sinners, Remembering Satan, Twins and one novel, God's Favorite. He co-wrote a film, The Siege.
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