Der Tod wird euch finden: Al-Qaida und der Weg zum 11. September
National Book Award Finalist
A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year
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's treatment of the jihadist movement is thorough to the point of being almost sympathetic. It goes deeply into...more
For all the energy, lives and treasure we have devoted to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s important to remember that they had nothing to do with 9/11 which became the excuse for our actions rather than the proximate rationale. We are now in a war that would appear to have literally no end, this “war of terror,” one that any sane person who recently traveled on an airplane can see the terrorists have won as we meekly surrender...more
Turns out you can be geeky an...more
حصل هذا الكتاب على جائزة البوليتزر للعام 2007 م، وقد استقى مؤلفه الأمريكي (لورانس رايت) العنوان من الآية القرآنية (أَيْنَمَا تَكُونُوا يُدْرِكْكُمُ الْمَوْتُ وَلَوْ كُنْتُمْ فِي بُرُوجٍ مُشَيَّدَةٍ)، وفي إشارة كذلك للبروج المشيدة التي ضربتها القاعدة في 11 سبتمبر، الكتاب رحلة تفصيلية مكتوبة برشاقة، لتنقلك من بدايات بروز الفكر الذي استند عليه تنظيم القاعدة، من سيد قطب، إلى أيمن الظواهري ومن ثم أسامة بن لادن، ليصل إلى الجهاد الأفغاني، وما تلاه بعد ذلك من القصة المعروفة، يتميز الكتاب...more
-The Qu'ran, Sura 4:78
Hiraba (حِرابة), the Arabic word for terror, piracy, or unlawful warfare. To be punished with the strictest penalties.
SEE the young men in their white tunics go out, and charge from the trenches against Soviet tanks, and the suited FBI and CIA men squabble on matters of 'jurisdiction' and 'sensitive information', and self-appointed holy men and saviors meditate in caves on how to save the words of prophets...more
الكتاب أشبه بالرواية في أسلوبه ويعتمد على الشخصيات فيبدأ بسيد قطب ويخصص له فصلاً كاملاً يغطي أهم أحداث حياته وكذلك بن لادن والظواهري بل ووالد بن لادن وتأسيسه لشركة بن لادن وكذلك جون أونيل العميل المسؤول عن التحقيق في قضية القاعدة وتتبع أسامة، ويكتب عن حياتهم الشخصية من الطفولة ويتعمق في تفاصيل لا داعي لها مثل شرابه المفضل ومسلسله ولبسه وغيرها.
المؤلف قابل ما يقرب من 600 شخصية لجمع مادة الكت...more
Such is from the Koran. Apparently, Mr. bin Laden quoted it a number of times. We know this from an interview -- or interrogation. Most of this book has a similar source. It obviously isn't scholarly,largely journalistic. Its thematic is a group of people who to survive had to avoid a paper trail. Last week I was reading an article in the LRB about the rise of Jihadism in Syria. The author of the piece cited Mr. Wright's book as th...more
If, as Churchill famously said, “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” then what is the infinitely more complex Middle East to the West as we attempt to understand the motivations of a language, religion, and culture most know almost nothing about? Wright builds an engaging cornerstone fo...more
Where the book really shines is the personal, political and religious insight that it gives into motivations of the terrorists, as well as the American bureaucracy and...more
The author goes into the lives of several other people that will all come together, showing how they came to be what they became. (whew!) The fighting in Egypt and why is explained and who links...more
"The Looming Tower" begins with...more
I’ve always wondered w...more
What the politically-detached reader will find is that there was a shift in American mentality: not only affecting leadership, but perhaps the majority of the people. Nobody believed anything like it was even possible, and so the warnings were ignored or perhaps never e...more
The book begins in the 1940's and we learn about Qutb. He is said to be the father of contemporary Islamic fundamentalism. As the book continues, a lot of the names that were brought up on the news are mentioned. The story progresses and gives the reader a sense of understanding for a topic that is very co...more
It was a heavy book. It was really hard to keep all the characters straight, most of them being of Egyptian, Saudi Arabian, or Afghani descent. My western mind boggled at keeping straight the likes of Qutb, Zawahiri, al Hazmi, Massoud, Khalifa, Khadr, Sayyaf - you get the idea.
The book takes you...more
"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright precisely details the individuals and events that lead (over the course of five decades) to September 11, 2001. The writing is crisp. The narrative is compelling. The historical context is vivid.
كم أدهشني أسلوب الكاتب ذو الجنسية الأمريكيه الحيادي و هو يكتب عن موضوع سبب الكثير من الآلم لبلاده. وكم أيضا أدهشني هؤلاء الذين ينتمون سواء لتنظيم القاعدة أو طالبان أو حركات الجهاد التكفيرية بأسلوبهم سواء في التفكير أو حتي البيئة المنتمون اليها
فمثلا أنا لا أعلم كيف رسخ بذهني أن الشخص الإرهابي أوالمتشدد دائما ما يكون أكثر فقرا ,أقل تعليما و ما الي ذلك ولكن بن لادن علي سبيل المثال كان من أسرة ف...more
This book manages to remind you that the danger of Islamic extremists is real and terrifying while clearly pointing out what a slim, ostracized margin of Islamic thought they represent. But what much more fright...more
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 is a rare book. Wright spent five years doing research and interviews. How did 9/11 happen? How close were we to preventing it? How have the tenets of Islam been so hideously and deliberately misinterpreted by people? How is it that the west has become a target of these terrorists?
Lawrence Wright documents...more
My only substantive complaint about the book -- and it is a fairly significant problem for me -- is the lack of footnoting and citation. Even newspaper articles provide more information...more
Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas) in 1965 and, in 2009...more