The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

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The Looming Tower
Lawrence Wright
Nonfiction (Adult) , Politics
Penguin Books (UK)
22 Mar 2018


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.

With these kind of books it is always hard to tell reality from the author’s view on it. I had the same feeling with this book, the “conspiracy theory” feeling came up. I can be wrong or I can be right but I was left with a feeling of “what’s right and what’s wrong?, how much can I believe?”

The story itself was well written, looks like it was well researched and provided loads of background info.

Never the less I’d advise each reader to use his / hers intelligence and question everything in this book.


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