I really liked the incredible detail that was revealed in this amazing book. I was completely horrified at how the Muslims in this book used their religion to justify mass murder. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to understand wars in the Middle East. It is rare to listen to a book that has so much detail. May the power of good overcome this evil.
Even eight years past its publication, The Looming Tower represents the seminal work for understanding how Al Qaeda came to be the deadliest terror network to attack the United States.
It also dissects the unfortunate and ultimately fateful unwillingness or inability of too many American agencies to work together toward the common goal of stopping these killers.
And heartbreaking as the thousands of men and women killed by Al Qaeda are remembered as the innocents they were.
The details compiled by Wright make for a fascinating look into the radical Islamic world. It also shows the depth of our government's ineptitude to work together before 9/11. Great read.
Probably not. Multiple errors of omission and political bias were obvious in describing the last 10 years leading to 9-11. Author tried to protect the Clinton Democratic administration by omitting facts reported by the bipartisan 9-11 commission and other sources that were critical of that administration's anti terror policies while attempting to place more burden of blame on the newly elected Republican administration who were still filling government positions and reviewing past Clinton policies when 9-11 occurred. The primary planning and motivation for 9-11 type attacks occurred Prior to the Bush Administration settling into office and the failure to apprehend or eliminate Bin Laden prior to 9-11 were the result of Clinton's lack of urgency and political posturing.The author also seemed to unduly idolize a top FBI official who led the pursuit of Muslim terror suspects prior to 9-11 and later died while security chief of the World Trade Center Complex during the attack. Yet this agent's history included having multiple affairs on his wife, having affairs on his affairs, multiple serious security violations at the agency, a brash self-serving personality, heavily in debt and as a result should have lost his top security clearances, an ego the size of the Towers, and on and on. He never caught Bin Laden and quit/retired from the FBI in order to take a much higher paying position with the World Trade Center Organization which soon after was totally destroyed by the terrorists that he was supposedly so good at pursuing. If this guy is the authors self-described hero then it makes me wonder about the authors judge of character and reality based research and writing. He seems to be the type of author who cherry picks historical facts to build a case history that supports his biased political views while leaving out the "inconvenient truths".Oh well, just another source to add to my 9-11 understanding, even though this author appeared to have an agenda.
How government failed to protect its citizens.
will not search for other books from this author. I want a more complete and balanced history, not a revisionist one.
A comprehensive accounting of the complex story that lead to 9/11. Lawrence Wright's deft writing and astonishingly in-depth reporting answered so many of my questions and left me with a lump in my stomach. The number of conditions that arose and their interplay that results in a new level of terrorism is laid out masterfully. I enjoy listening to Lawrence Wright's Southern drawl and was concerned that I may not appreciate the narrator's performance - but he was excellent.
Great information essential to understanding the mind bending warfare in the
Middle East and the unholy influence of Saudi Arabia and radical Islam.
The amazing disconnect of the Federal Government fiefdoms putting Americans at risk. Government leaders compartmentalizing information to the extreme. People get killed when bureaucrats play institutional games and ignore the big picture.
The reader makes the text come alive.
The tragic errors that lead to 911.
Complete history, including all the 'players' and 'countries' leading up to Sept 11 2001, centred somewhat around FBI Agent John O'Neill with all his particular traits. Great read.
I finally understand what led to 9/11.
This is not political spin mixed with news. It is the story of the various people who played major roles in the events that led to that fateful day.
Marathon listening! Finished in two days, it was that compelling.
Every American should listen to this.