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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006)

par Lawrence Wright

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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. The Looming Tower achieves an unprecedented level of intimacy and insight by telling the story through the interweaving lives of four men: the two leaders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri; the FBI's counterterrorism chief, John O'Neill; and the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal. As these lives unfold, we see revealed: the crosscurrents of modern Islam that helped to radicalize Zawahiri and bin Laden . . . the birth of al-Qaeda and its unsteady development into an organization capable of the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole . . . O'Neill's heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers . . . Prince Turki's transformation from bin Laden's ally to his enemy . . . the failures of the FBI, CIA, and NSA to share intelligence that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The Looming Tower broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Here is Sayyid Qutb, founder of the modern Islamist movement, lonely and despairing as he meets Western culture up close in 1940s America; the privileged childhoods of bin Laden and Zawahiri; family life in the al-Qaeda compounds of Sudan and Afghanistan; O'Neill's high-wire act in balancing his all-consuming career with his equally entangling personal life-he was living with three women, each of them unaware of the others' existence-and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies. Brilliantly conceived and written, The Looming Tower draws all elements of the story into a galvanizing narrative that adds immeasurably to our understanding of how we arrived at September 11, 2001. The richness of its new information, and the depth of its perceptions, can help us deal more wisely and effectively with the continuing terrorist threat.… (plus d'informations)
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I expected this to be a book focused solely on the 9-11 attack but I was very pleasantly surprised to find it was an in depth look at the history that lead up to the attack. I learned so much that I did not know and got insight into a culture I just did not understand very well. It is a compelling and interesting read. In many ways it reminded me of the recent Ken Burns series VIETNAM's first episode which delved into the long history of the region and gave you the background you must have in order to understand the events that follow. Fantastic book. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
This is a book about the history of terrorism, and in a broad sense that of Islam itself, that all Americans should read. It discusses "what makes these people tick" through profiles of the lives of four men, including Osama bin Laden. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
«Mas que história fascinante, aquela a que Lawrence Wright dá forma neste livro maravilhoso. A Torre do Desassossego não é apenas um relato pormenorizado e emocionante dos acontecimentos que levaram ao 11 de Setembro escrito com estilo e vigor. É uma análise profunda do mundo que produziu os homens que trouxeram até nós o 11 de Setembro e da sua prole, que continua, ainda hoje, a atormentar-nos…»- The New York Times Book Review ( )
  LuisFragaSilva | Nov 9, 2020 |
This Pulitzer Prize winner, is one of the most powerful books which focuses on Al-Qaeda and it's larger than life leader, Bin Laden. A powerful man, on the run after his most daring feat of bringing down the twin towers of New York City on the date of September 11, 2001, the US thereafter vowed to find, kill and bring Al-Queada and it's leader to justice.

Just as we remember where we were when President Kennedy was murdered, most Americans remember that bitter 9/11 occurrence at the hands of a mad man who gave well-planed orders to 19 of his followers to bomb specific targets in the United States.

Before he fulfilled his plan to bring America to its knees on 9/11, Osama Mohammed bin Awab bin Laden increasingly gained power with his magnetic personality. Capable of stirring strong emotions, he set his sites on the USS Cole, a large ship, docked in Aden harbor in Yemen. On October 12, 2000, two of his followers, on a suicide mission, powered their fiberglass boat filled with 400-700 pounds of explosives into the guided missile destroyer. Seventeen US Navy sailors were killed, and 37 were injured. Bin Laden was happy to take responsibility for this attack.

Previously, in January 2000, a smaller attack was attempted on the US Navy ship The Sullivan. Also in Yemen, the boat used by Bin Laden's followers to fulfill the mission was so full of explosives, it sank, thus rendering the attack impossible.

The attempts to sink the Navy ships was a precursor to his plans of specific targets such as The Whitehouse, The Pentagon, both Twin Towers in NYC, and the Pentagon.

The CIA and FBI were well aware of the source of future, larger plans, Bin Laden boasted of his previous feats, and in fact listening to communications over the airways, the CIA and FBI knew something big was going to happen. They also knew the target was one of the largest, busiest structures in NY. They did not know which building, or the date, frustrated, they knew it was imminent.

This book, as others, stresses the fact that perhaps 9/11 occurrences could have been avoided had the CIA notified the FBI and shared the information they had.
  Whisper1 | Oct 26, 2020 |
Everyone should read this book. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
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A narrator doesn’t just tell a story; he keeps the listener company. Alan Sklar is good company—with a voice so distinctive that a blind man could pick him out from across the room.
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Wright, a New Yorker writer, brings exhaustive research and delightful prose to one of the best books yet on the history of terrorism.
ajouté par readysetgo | modifierPublishers Weekly (Aug 6, 2006)
 
In the nearly five years since the attacks, we’ve heard oceans of commentary on the whys and how-comes and what-it-means and what’s nexts. Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker — where portions of this book have appeared — has put his boots on the ground in the hard places, conducted the interviews and done the sleuthing. Others talked, he listened. And so he has unearthed an astonishing amount of detail about Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Muhammad Omar and all the rest of them. They come alive.
 
Mr. Wright’s book, based on more than 500 interviews — ranging from Mr. bin Laden’s best friend in college, Jamal Khalifa, to Yosri Fouda, a reporter for Al Jazeera, to Richard A. Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism chief — gives the reader a searing view of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, a view that is at once wrenchingly intimate and boldly sweeping in its historical perspective.
ajouté par readysetgo | modifierNew York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Aug 1, 2006)
 

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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. The Looming Tower achieves an unprecedented level of intimacy and insight by telling the story through the interweaving lives of four men: the two leaders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri; the FBI's counterterrorism chief, John O'Neill; and the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal. As these lives unfold, we see revealed: the crosscurrents of modern Islam that helped to radicalize Zawahiri and bin Laden . . . the birth of al-Qaeda and its unsteady development into an organization capable of the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole . . . O'Neill's heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers . . . Prince Turki's transformation from bin Laden's ally to his enemy . . . the failures of the FBI, CIA, and NSA to share intelligence that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The Looming Tower broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Here is Sayyid Qutb, founder of the modern Islamist movement, lonely and despairing as he meets Western culture up close in 1940s America; the privileged childhoods of bin Laden and Zawahiri; family life in the al-Qaeda compounds of Sudan and Afghanistan; O'Neill's high-wire act in balancing his all-consuming career with his equally entangling personal life-he was living with three women, each of them unaware of the others' existence-and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies. Brilliantly conceived and written, The Looming Tower draws all elements of the story into a galvanizing narrative that adds immeasurably to our understanding of how we arrived at September 11, 2001. The richness of its new information, and the depth of its perceptions, can help us deal more wisely and effectively with the continuing terrorist threat.

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