The recent history of the Middle East is enormously complex and this book helps make it clearer. I appreciate the reader since his voice is neutral - it doesn't dominate the text as other reader's voices can.
This book is a real eye opener. It traces its origin to the origins of radical Islam itself and then follows the path to the 9/11 attacks. The story takes you meeting by meeting along the paths of both sides in this story. You get to go inside AQ meetings and hear who said what to whom, then moments later, you are inside the struggles of the FBI and CIA trying to deal with the "Wall" separating the Intel from the Law Enforcement entities in our government. Lawrence Wright looks to have done some homework on this one.
Every westerner every non Muslim should read this. I never understood where the Islamic fundamentalist got the inspiration to commit mass murder. I now have some insight into their history and the madness they believe.
Lawrence Wright did an excellent job tracking the development of al-qaeda, and the genesis of its philosophies. I learned a lot about Islam and the internal division and struggles within it, and appreciated the author's efforts to provide a fair and unbiased history beginning in the mid-20th century. Listeners will be delighted to find that Alan Sklar's reading of this book truly does it justice. This is perfect pairing not to be missed!
I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about the origins of where a lot of our conflict with the Middle East and Islam stems from. We have so much to learn from history and also trying to understand other perspectives from around the world.
If you ever wondered what goes into the minds of these mad men, what makes them tick, or simply 'why?', this book is very informative.
Some information about Islam is a bit inaccurate, such as regarding divorce and a couple other things I can't recall at the moment. Overall though I would say the author appears unbiased and fair.
If you are reading this book to learn how a religion such as Islam can be turned into such a scary thing, an excellent complimentary would be 'No God but God' by Reza Aslan, a definite must read!
A great book with the information that I was hoping to get out of it! Extremely informative about the history and events leading up to 911. A great insight.
An amazing book and incredibly detailed yet fluid description of the multiple layers to 9/11 and the ultimate failure of the US CIA and FBI to potentially prevent that event. Not politically biased one way or the other. Narration is outstanding.
Such a comprehensive well-written narrative of the events leading to the 9/11 attacks is hard to find, but this book truly delivers! The insights of those whose beliefs and actions led to today's terror networks are thoroughly explored and extremely helpful.
Looking at the excellent reviews posted here, it is hard to find anything unique to say. Just add my voice to the choir of those who say, "Well done! Bravo!!!"
This book picks up momentum as it gradually draws you in to a story everyone should know. Fascinating, scary, and frustrating all at the same time. You shake your head and wonder just how this could have happened when all the pieces of the puzzle were there all along.
I thought the narrator was wonderful and added to the experience of the book immensely.