release date: Jan 20, 2019
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UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORDNational Book Award FinalistA Time Newsweek Washington Post Chicago Tribune and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five decades The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism the rise of al-Qaeda and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John ONeill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11
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