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Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
I have been a fan of The New Yorker Magazine for some time so I was already acquainted with the writing of Lawrence Wright (and I believe I read some of his pieces about Al-Queda in the magazine as well), but I was watching the TV series based on his book, The Looming Tower (2006) when I decided to read it. I was under the impression that there would be more context in the book and of course there was. However, i surprised to find some of the details were taken form the book not made up for the series-John O'Neill's many lovers for one and Ali's retching after he found out that the CIA knew some of the members were in the US and did not share the information with the FBI. I always enjoy history books written by journalist, because they are well researched but the are also compelling narratives since they know how to weave a narrative rather than just put forth research as academics often do with history subjects. I particularity found the first section, "The Martyr" about Sayid Qutb and how the Egyptian jails were the birthplace of the modern jihadist terrorists due to t he torture they endured form FBI trained torturers. Wright makes informed observations throughout such as: "Radicalism usually prospers in the gap between rising expectations and declining opportunities. This is especially true where population is young, idle and bored; where entertainment -movies, theater, music-is policed or absent altogether; and where young men are set apart from the consoling and socializing presence of women." An impressive depiction and compelling narrative of the eve
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