The Rise of al-Qaeda and The Long Road to 9/11 with Lawrence Wright
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright explains the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence breakdowns that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Wright re-creates the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of one of the most successful terrorist groups in modern history. He also follows FBI Counterterrorism Chief John O'Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. 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, his book provides a detailed look at daily life inside of al-Qaeda, the U.S. agents who saw the threat, and the long road to September 11th- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Lawrence Wright has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," parts of which first appeared in the magazine. His piece "The Apostate" ran in last year’s Anniversary Issue and won a 2012 National Magazine Award.
Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Looming Tower, assesses that the source of Osama Bin Laden's resonance among Muslims stems from the seeming humiliation inflicted upon them by the West.
Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Looming Tower, details how the absence of civic and social life in some Muslim countries can lead to depression among young people, making them more susceptible to radical messages.