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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 1st Edition
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Reading these things was deeply painful for me, who watched the Trade Towers collapse as I sped across Queens trying to get home to my family in Brooklyn Heights. I can only imagine how distressing this experience might be to those who lost friends and loved ones in the attacks that day. Yet Wright has handled this difficult material in a way that makes it bearable to read, and his pacing of the story is masterful. The Looming Tower reads like a suspense novel at times and the writing is lyrical.
The book is also chock full of pertinent facts and background material that help make sense, insofar as that is even possible, of the motivations of the terrorists. I have never seen logic in the tactics of al Qaeda and similar groups, but this book has helped me understand that logic is not the driving force. Rather it seems to be history, the pursuit of a tribal conception of "honor" and a desire to recreate past glory that is far more important than logic.Read more ›
Some of the main points of what he said:
- The Arabic world is incredibly insular. He said, if you take away oil, the entire Arab world, from Morocco to Pakistan, produces less economically than the Finnish company Nokia (Nokia has less than 8,000 employees). He said, there have been 10,000 books ever translated into Arabic. If you think about that in terms of how many rows of book stacks that would be at a bookstore, it is shocking (I calculate that to be a few stacks of books !). One single Borders in the U.S. thus contains far more books than have ever been translated by Arabic translators (Spain alone translates about 10,000 books a year). Thus, most Arabs are, for our standards, incredibly lacking in resources, to understand our world. Not only that, but their countries censor books and all media. Freedom to assemble basically does not exist in the Arab world, and thus, basic freedoms are lacking.
- There is "gender apartheid" in [most of] the Arab world (particularly Saudi Arabia). Women are mostly not seen in public in Saudi Arabia. Men know very little about women as a result (how to meet them ?). It is pathetic, how little young men know about women.Read more ›
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This is a must read in order to understand how radical ideologies have led to terror, specifically focusing on the rise of radical Islam and showing the road to that fateful day in... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book for my hubby. He says it is very well researched and written.Published 6 days ago by gizmogal
Finest account of the rise of Al-Qaeda that you'll ever read. The gold standard on this topic.Published 13 days ago by tconn
An autopsy of the organizational failures that led to 9/11 and beyond. Wright organizes the often byzantine matrix of the jihadists and more importantly describes the perversion of... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rich
Outstanding and enlightening! A must read in today's world, unfortunately...Published 1 month ago by mcasta
I knew I had to read this book after seeing many other books on counter-terrorism and radical Islam referenced this work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SLIMJIM