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
A very informative book which basically reads like a novel with innumerable characters; so many that it is in fact hard to remember who is who. Excellent Narrator, especially when it comes to pronouncing arabic names (this coming from someone who does NOT speak any arabic).
Set aside conspiracy theories and whatever you think you've been able to piece together from cable news and water cooler conversations with the equally misinformed. The Looming Tower lays out the foundations of the movements and organizations which plotted and ultimately carried out this century's defining tragedy, but also the bureaucratic and narcissistic incompetencies of those entrusted with preventing said tragedy, until its heart-breaking culmination on that Tuesday morning in September of '01.
I think this should be required reading for any federal law, intelligence, and state department employee. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a clear understanding of the failures that led to 9/11 and global jihad.
A must read for those trying to understand current events and what the western world is up against. No matter your political persuasion this is a book that must be read and reflected upon.
Fantastic overview of the history of extremist thought in Islamic culture. There is genuine insight into the attacks on 9-11 but the real core of the book is in giving historical context to political situation that surrounds those who so hated western culture.
If you have ever wondered about the deeper story when the media discusses how certain groups want to kill Amercia etc. then this is for you.
It manages to carry a nicely objective stance throughout always feels like it's laying out the facts and not pushing any agenda other than education.