A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
"Scared the Hell Out of Me"
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.
"Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread.
"Contains much old material from "Looming Tower""
A gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.
"Gripping moment by moment account"
In The Rights of Mice, Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear, takes listeners inside the war between science and anti-vivisection raging across the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its great educational institutions, Harvard and MIT. As animal rights activists attempt to push through city council an ordinance restricting the use of animals in laboratory testing, leaders in the science and medical communities brace for a fight.
In this issue: "Homage to Zenobia", by Lawrence Wright; "Room with a Boo", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Death of a Prosecutor", by Dexter Filkins; "The Really Big One", by Kathryn Schulz; and "Cold Cases", by Anthony Lane.
"Exit Bin Laden", by David Remnick; “The Double Game”, by Lawrence Wright; "Force and Futility", by Jon Lee Anderson; "Creation Myth", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Rock On, Ancient Queen", by Sasha Frere-Jones.
In this issue: "Bird's-Eye View", by Lauren Collins; and "Five Hostages", by Lawrence Wright.
There are four articles in this edition: "Second Those Emotions", by Hendrik Hertzberg, "The Egyptians", by Nick Paumgarten, "The Spymaster", by Lawrence Wright, and "Everybody Loves Jane", by Nancy Franklin.
Tad Friend, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has been contributing pieces since 1987. He writes the magazine's Letter from California and often reports on the entertainment business. He is the author of Lost in Mongolia, a compilation of articles and essays, many of which were first published in The New Yorker.
"Intolerance", by Lawrence Wright; "Deskside", by Zachary Kanin; "Second Helpings", by James Surowiecki; "The Face of Facebook", by Jose Antonio Vargas; "How to Make It", by John Seabrook; "Grindhouse", by Sasha Frere Jones; and "Actor’s Dilemma", by David Denby.
"Lost Love" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Pipe Cleaner" by Joshua Hersh; "Osama's Bank Account" by Steve Coll; "Junior" by Jane Mayer; "The Master Plan" by Lawrence Wright; "Heaven's Gate" by Joan Acocella; and "Supermen" by Anthony Lane.
This issue contains seven articles: "Ask the Iraqis", by Lawrence Wright; "Having One for Che", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Well-Tempered Web", by Alex Ross; "Fallen Idols", by David Denby; "Sparky from St. Paul", by John Updike; "A Paler Shade of White", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Nocturnes", by Anthony Lane.