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The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State by [Wright, Lawrence]
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"This is reportage pure and simple—and it is first-rate . . . [Mr. Wright] recounts his findings in crystalline prose [and] never loses his own moral compass." —Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal

"One of [our] most lucid writers . . . again helps us understand Islamic extremism and the West’s reaction to it . . . in his superb and gracefully written accounts of the past three decades. He maintains a studious balance in all his essays [and] describes more clearly than most writers on terrorism the attitudes, clothes, and habits of the characters he discusses." —Ahmed Rashid, The New York Review of Books

"Definitive: a narrative roadmap of how we got here, from the ashes of Lower Manhattan to the rise of the Islamic State . . . Few journalists understand [this] ever-evolving war better than Wright." —Michael Friscolanti, Maclean’s

“A new insightful, informative series of essays . . . Taken together, they provide a thoughtful analysis of the forces that have shaped a volatile part of the world and the policies that have made peace so elusive.” —Dale Singer, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Wright [weaves] his research . . . into a fine tapestry of personal experience and unobtrusive reflection." –James Traub, The New York Times Book Review

"Wright has a gift only the most talented journalists possess: Whether unpacking large and complex entities like al-Qaeda or drawing in-depth profiles of FBI agents, he brings the world vividly to our fingertips." —O Magazine

"Clear and sharp writing . . . Each story is a densely packed nugget of information." –USA Today

"Riveting . . . Wright describes how al-Qaeda’s philosophy spread and morphed into the ideology and practices of ISIS today, [including] a fascinating account of Saudi society and government . . . This informative book will appeal to all readers interested in the genesis and development of terrorist movements." —Library Journal

"Vital prose . . . Wright has profiled the key players, detailed the major events, and tried with an almost forlorn kind of insistence to make sense of the senseless." —Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor

"Uniformly excellent." —Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman

"Intricate, painstaking reporting." —Michael Hoinski, Texas Monthly

"Wright is an old-school reporter, relying on face-to-face interviews rather than e-mail, grinding out his research by frequent visits to the Middle East, many times in dangerous places, meeting anonymous (and mysterious) sources." —Bob Hooper, Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
"Anyone who reflects on these thorough, thoughtful pieces will be better equipped to evaluate the prescriptions for [fighting terrorism]." —Shelf Awareness
 
"Behind the daily headlines there are lives in the balance. With these pages Wright does those lives a great service." —Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News

"A brilliant volume that is a must-read for anyone looking for greater illumination of the baffling world of religious extremism." —Carl Hays, Booklist

"Vivid firsthand reportage . . . Wright investigates every facet of the shadowy conflict [in] these dispatches from the frontlines of the 'war on terror.' He writes with empathy for every side while clearly registering the moral catastrophes that darken this pitiless struggle.” —Publishers Weekly 

"Wright displays his top-notch reporting in stories about a disintegrating Syria, the never-ending conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians, the faith-based beliefs that undergird al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, and the massive failures of American intelligence agencies . . . Yet more great work from a dedicated journalist." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

LAWRENCE WRIGHT is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of eight previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World, Remembering Satan, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and Thirteen Days in September, and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
 
www.lawrencewright.com

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  • File Size: 1505 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (August 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018PD0E68
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