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The Resource The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright, (electronic resource)

The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright, (electronic resource)

Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Title
The looming tower
Title remainder
Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Wright
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
973.931
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6432.7
LC item number
.W75 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright, (electronic resource)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The martyr -- The sporting club -- The founder -- Change -- The miracles -- The base -- Return of the hero -- Paradise -- The Silicon Valley -- Paradise lost -- The prince of darkness -- The boy spies -- Hijira -- Going operational -- Bread and water -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium -- Boom -- The big wedding -- Revelations
Dimensions
25 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307266088
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
Other physical details
ill., maps
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
1C265D87-9964-4D0D-B9F4-70BF6FB8AE4B
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn232254274
  • (OCoLC)232254274
  • 417901
Label
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-438) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The martyr -- The sporting club -- The founder -- Change -- The miracles -- The base -- Return of the hero -- Paradise -- The Silicon Valley -- Paradise lost -- The prince of darkness -- The boy spies -- Hijira -- Going operational -- Bread and water -- "Now it begins" -- The new millennium -- Boom -- The big wedding -- Revelations
Dimensions
25 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
469 p., [16] p. of plates
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780307266088
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
Other physical details
ill., maps
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
1C265D87-9964-4D0D-B9F4-70BF6FB8AE4B
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn232254274
  • (OCoLC)232254274
  • 417901

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