The looming tower is an in depth look at the history of the doctrine of radical Islam, its roots and evolution, culminating in the events of 9/11. The narrative gives the reader a front row seat to the confounding nature of islamism and its quest for mind share in the Arab world. Eerily relevant in 2016, this book draws on religious history, geopolitics, and the Shakespearean drama that unfolded leading up the that Tuesday in September.
This is a superbly written expose of how neglect and interagency rivalry led to 9/11 the attack on the Cole and the rise of ISIS. A must read.
I listened to this twice. I truly learned a lot. This book is so packed with facts, I can only recall a small portion of it. I found an overview of this book online and it helped me keep everything straight. It's an important book to be sure.
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.
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.