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I was interested in finding out what made Bin Laden tick by learning about his background. Wright's book satisfied my curiosity and taught me lots about modern Arab affairs that I didn't know. Wright knows the language, the people, the historical background. His tone is objective; his material is fact-based. I strongly recommend it.
This is a seriously disturbing book. The US has learned nothing from Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia. I recommended this book for the clear background it provides to the man George W Bush blames for 9/11. It also documents the murder of countless innocent people and the destruction of vital resources across the Mid-East and the Horn of Africa by the robots of the US and its allies; in the name of Bush's ?war on terror?. That those crimes of the US as documented here, go unpunished can only reinforce the world wide contempt and hatred with which America, Britain , NATO and the EU are held by the rest of the world.
While this book provides some of the background relating to 9/11 as well as other strikes against the US since 1990. It fails to tell the whole story or make a convincing solid linkage between Ben Laden and that attack . By relying too much on US government ?intelligence? and statements, it also fails to un-seat the view that 9/11 was the work of Saudi state sponsored terror ,unconnected with Ben Laden, who provide a convenient patsy.
The information within this book reinforces the view that the concept of Al-Quider as? the? all powerful organization directing ?terror? around the world . Is nothing but the deranged fantasies of a ?Washington Intelligence Community? (i.e the CIA). Driven to distraction by their total failure to stop a handful of Saudi Arabians from staging the most theatrical attack of this decade - reminiscent of a Steven Spielburgh block-buster ? and designed for a world-wide TV audience. The book suffers by being written in the US, and too close in time and distance to the main event; 9/11 to be detached. Serious questions about the the mentality and world view within the FBI and how it impacted the competence of the US government to protect its citizens remain unanswered.
This remarkable book gives the reader deep insight into the minds of such people as Osama Bin Laden and the FBI's John O'Neal. Masterfully written by Lawrence Wright, this book takes the reader through the history of modern radical Islam. From the days before Al Queda existed through September 11, 2001. It answers questions such as, Why did Bin Laden attack the US?, Why did he choose the World Trade Centers?, Did Bin Laden really help defend Afganistan?, How were these attacks made possible-what American shortcomings failed to prevent or foresee them?, Who are the Taliban and Al Queda and what do they stand for?,
This is a must-read for anyone who wants answers to these questions or wants a comprehensive understanding of the middle east problem.
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