If you were to read only one book on the 9/11 attacks, this should be the one. Wright weaves the parallel narratives of the FBI characters like John O'Neill and Ali Soufan with Al Quaeda terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri with breathtaking agility. The narrator is pitch-perfect. As someone with over 400 audiobooks in his library, I can easily say that this is one of my all-time favorites.
Compelling from start to finish. Provides a needed history of how the modern fundamentalist Islamic movement came about and how it evolved to the 911 tragedy. I learned so much from this book, one of my best recent reads for sure.
In the same way you need to read The Big Short by Michael Lewis to understand the financial collapse of 2008, you need to read this to understand the lead up to 9/11.
This is a central work on my growing bookshelf on this topic. At this writing Zawahiri is still top dog at Al Qaeda, and his amazing terrorist career is a centerpiece here. This walks us from the 1940s right up to the WTC attacks and a little bit of aftermath.
The book is interesting. No complaints there.
The audio levels on this audiobook are way too quiet, though. You have to strain to hear it sometimes.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
Very well researched and written. It makes me sick that the events of 9/11 could have been derailed, but lack of communication and poor judgment are human characteristics, and we are all too human.
This book helped me understand how this catastrophe came to be, the thinking of the members of Al-Qaeda, particularly Osama Bin Laden, and how they twisted things in their minds to make this seem like a good thing. It also helped me understand that the American CIA, FBI and other agencies don't always correlate or even share their intelligence. What a sad day for us was 9/11/2001.
I can not say enough good things about the clarity this book brought to the events leading up to 9/11.
I bought it because of the awards it won and praise.
It exceeded my expectations.
It was so interesting to learn about how Islamic extremist started and the story leading up to 9/11. So many stories about 9/11 but never knew how it all started. Sad to learn all the politics and policies that also helped add to the problem. I'm hopefully that the agency that protect us have learned many lessons. Love in the end of the book O'Neil's letter to his grandson to remember he is an American and all those that fought to give him the freedoms. Lessons we all need to remember. America may have problems but I'll take those problems any day over some of the horrific treatment other citizens of countries have to endure. Tonight I will say a little prayer remembering all the lives over many years impacted by Islamic terrorist.
Very well written
Amazing facts on american disorganization prior to 911
A frightening look into the minds of radical Islam