Write's account of the history of the radical fundamentalist Islamic movement is thorough, detailed, insightful and very digestible. A great primer for understanding why Americans' belief in the "irresitible lure of democracy and the American way of life" is a dangerous fantasy when trying to deal with what is truly a religious war that has been declared on America.
The only disappointing aspect of Write's account is that he seems to have "taken sides" with FBI sources for his book. He characterizes the failures to do more to prevent 9/11 as largely a question of intelligence community turf protection. The "wall" he flippantly writes off as imaginary was very real to the people in both intelligence and law enforcement who were constantly under threat not to jeopardize prosecutions by "polluting" cases with intelligence information that could not be revealed in court. It was so real that nothing short of the tragegy of losing almost 3000 souls finally led to the legislation necessary to bring it down.
That one flawed lack of objectivity, however, is overridden by the value of insight this book brings to understanding the motivations behind the new reality our world is facing. An excellent book, and a great narrator.
What a waste of time - if not for a compulsion to finish what I start, I'd have turned it off half way through part one. What passes for a plot seems only to serve as a platform for the author to be gratuitously grotesque. If you want to read a book that lives up to this title, read Kate Mosse's "Labyrinth"
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