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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.

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    The Looming Tower

    Absolutely fascinating!! Who knew, who didn't know, and why they didn't share information! An absolutely fascinating read!!!! An absolutely MUST read!!!

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    #3 in the 2013 Non-Fiction Book Club

    Illuminating, powerful and yes quite depressing. - Preceded by Steve Jobs (4 stars) & Ghost in the Wires (1 star)

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