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.
Jul 26, 2011
helped me understand what they are thinking. the book was full of information that connects to another. very well organized.
Sep 25, 2008
A good read recomended
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.
Dec 15, 2007
A Must-Read !
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-19 Wright, a New Yorker writer, brings exhaustive research and delightful prose to one of the best books yet on the history of terrorism. He begins with the observation that, despite an impressive record of terror and assassination, post-WWarII, Islamic militants failed to establish theocracies in any Arab country. Many helped Afghanistan resist the Russian invasion of 1979 before their unemployed warriors stepped up efforts at home. Al-Qaeda, formed in Afghanistan in 1988 and led by Osama bin Laden, pursued a different agenda, blaming America for Islam's problems. Less wealthy than believed, bin Laden's talents lay in organization and PR, Wright asserts. Ten years later, bin Laden blew up U.S. embassies in Africa and the destroyer Cole, opening the floodgates of money and recruits. Wright's step-by-step description of these attacks reveals that planning terror is a sloppy business, leaving a trail of clues that, in the case of 9/11, raised many suspicions among individuals in the FBI, CIA and NSA. Wright shows that 9/11 could have been prevented if those agencies had worked together. As a fugitive, bin Ladin's days as a terror mastermind may be past, but his success has spawned swarms of imitators. This is an important, gripping and profoundly disheartening book. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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