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Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018
Fascinating and well researched book written by Lawrence Wright, depicting the actions of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, CIA, FBI, and US State Department, during the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. This is one of the most important books that I have ever read. The details in this book gave me a clear picture of the history of events that led to 9/11. And I could not put this great book down.
Al Qaeda and al-Jihad were both poorly operated and barely competent. But they survived early mistakes because the US had very little cooperation between the CIA, FBI, and State Department. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda could have been stopped. But the big three in the US were just as bumbling and stumbling as Bin Laden and his network were in the 1990's, albeit for different reasons. The rivalry between the CIA, FBI, and US State Department was a deadly one. It allowed Bin Laden's network to continue to thrive. The CIA committed the gravest sin because they had the pieces of the puzzle that would have destroyed Bin Laden and his network. But they refused to share this info with the FBI and US State Department, and our country paid a heavy price for it.
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