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

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

A 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 O’Neill 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.


Chapter 1: The Martyr

Chapter 2: The Sporting Club

Chapter 3: The Founder

Chapter 4: Change

Chapter 5: The Miracles

Chapter 6: The Base

Chapter 7: Return of the Hero

Chapter 8: Paradise

Chapter 9: The Silicon Valley

Chapter 10: Paradise Lost

Chapter 11: The Prince of Darkness

Chapter 12: The Boy Spies

Chapter 13: Hijira

Chapter 14: Going Operational

Chapter 15: Bread and Water

Chapter 16: “Now It Begins”

Chapter 17: The New Millennium

Chapter 18: Boom

Chapter 19: The Big Wedding

Chapter 20: Revelations

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