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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
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Sep 20, 2011

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Read from September 20, 2011 to January 01, 2012

This I did like because it was thought-provoking and educational. I had to return it to the library upon moving before I could finish it. However, I'd like to finish it. I think what struck me most about this is what it means to be evil. Right now I have too little sons who are always declaring their status as "good guys" or "bad guys" and fighting evil. But this kind of book reminds you how cloudy this gets. I was most struck by the fact that Osama bin Laden was devout (truly devout) and seems to have had good intentions and didn't see what he was doing as evil. But evil is still evil even if you don't recognize it. And perhaps that makes it more evil. It's easier to fight a bad guy who's declared himself the bad guy. But I wonder how many "bad guys" are really like that.

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