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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (451)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "powerful and informative"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating history of Islamic Fundamentalism. It sets forth clear and balanced explanations of different theories of Islam and how fundamentalists have interpreted those theories to justify modern terrorism. At the same time, the book explains the history (over decades) of the fundamentalist movement, as well as the US government mistakes -- and successes -- in responding to the impending threat. I found the narration to be well-paced: it was slower in places discussing ideas, names, and terms with which most Americans are not familiar, which allowed me to process and remember foreign names and terms without having to backtrack to cover the same ground again. The narration's pace was faster when discussing the work performed by US agents and the government in-fighting that hampered the detection of the 9/11 plot.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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