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The Looming Tower - Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright

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 int

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 int
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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 int

Language:

English

Length:

16h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:15


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:49


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:47


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:01


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:39


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:00


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:39


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:42


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:22


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:01


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:29


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:19


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:12


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

09:14


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:02


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:00


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:07


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:36


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:58


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

09:00


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:15


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:24


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:07


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:26


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:20


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:41


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:47


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:29


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:48


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:06


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:42


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:33


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:12


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:57


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:08


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:55


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:08


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:17


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:52


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

00:31