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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Englisch) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Ungekürzte Ausgabe

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“Powerful and important . . . a history of a man and a movement, replete with the accidents of history and historic inevitability.” —Kevin Horrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Don’t read The Looming Tower in bed. This book requires a straight spine and full attention . . . The reporting is so good that it will matter in 100 years. Wright’s determined, disciplined work has made his book indispensable. “ —Karen Long, The Plain Dealer

“A page-turner . . . encompassing religion, politics, economics and more. If you’ve been meaning to sharpen your understanding of what all led up to September 11, 2001, then Wright may have written just what you’ve been waiting for.” —Tom Gallagher, San Francisco Chronicle

“Brilliant . . . describes the contorted intellectual journey that has taken place among some Muslims which allows a holy book that appears to condemn suicide and the killing on innocents to be used to justify catastrophic terrorism.” —Stephen Fidler, Financial Times


“A magisterial, beautifully crafted narrative . . . This focus on character, along with Wright’s five years of fierce on-the-ground reporting (he lists 560 interviewees), pays off.”
—Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Los Angeles Times

“Deeply researched . . . immaculately crafted.”
—Peter Bergen, The Wall Street Journal

“What a riveting tale Lawrence Wright fashions in this marvelous book.  ‘The Looming Tower’ is not just a detailed, heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11, written with style and verve.  [It’s] a thoughtful examination of the world that produced the men who brought us 9/11, and of their progeny who bedevil us today.   The portrait of John O’Neill, the driven, demon-ridden F.B. I. agent who worked so frantically to stop Osama bin Laden, only to perish in the attack on the World Trade Center, is worth the price of the book alone.   ‘The Looming Tower’ is a thriller.  And it’s a tragedy, too.”
–Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review cover

“Dozens of intricately reported books about 9/11 are already available; I had read perhaps half of them [before] starting The Looming Tower. But Lawrence Wright’s book is my new touchstone. None of the previous books led me to say ‘Aha, now I think I understand’ as frequently.”
—Steve Weinberg, The Boston Globe

“A magisterial, beautifully crafted narrative . . . This focus on character, along with Wright’s five years of fierce on-the-ground reporting (he lists 560 interviewees), pays off.” —Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, Los Angeles Times

“Deeply researched . . . immaculately crafted.” —Peter Bergen, The Wall Street Journal

“A searing view of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a view that is at once wrenchingly intimate and boldly sweeping in its historical perspective . . . a narrative history that possesses all the immediacy and emotional power of a novel, an account that indelibly illustrates how the political and the personal, the public and the private were often inextricably intertwined.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Important, gripping . . . One of the best books yet on the history of terrorism.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lawrence Wright provides a graceful and remarkably intimate set of portraits of the people who brought us 9/11. It is a tale of extravagant zealotry and incessant bumbling that would be merely absurd if the consequences were not so grisly.”
—Gary Sick

"Lawrence Wright's integrity and diligence as a reporter shine through every page of this riveting narrative."
—Robert A. Caro

“A towering achievement. One of the best and more important books of recent years. Lawrence Wright has dug deep into and written well a story every American should know. A masterful combination of reporting and writing.”
—Dan Rather

“Comprehensive and compelling…Wright has written what must be considered a definitive work on the antecedents to 9/11…Essential for an understanding of that dreadful day.”
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Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks.

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Mit der Bewertung eines Buches als "Klassiker" muß man vorsichtig sein, ganz besonders, wenn das Buch gerade einmal ein Jahr auf dem Markt ist. Aber das Urteil eines amerikanischen Rezensenten, der die Hälfte der zum Thema "11. September" produzierten Literatur gelesen haben will, er habe bei diesem Buch einen Aha-Effekt nach dem anderen erlebt, bewahrheitet sich bereits durch die eigene Erfahrung, wenn man nur das erste Kapitel gelesen hat.

Mit großer erzählerischer Eleganz, profundem historischen Wissen und einem nüchternen Urteil entfaltet Lawrence Wright den großen unbekannten Kosmos "Islamismus". Angefangen bei dem Ägypter Sayyid Qutb, dem geistigen Vater des Islamismus, macht er die Wurzeln der Gewalt aus erlittener Schmach (Israels Sieg über Ägypten) und vermeintlicher Demütigung (Beistand der USA für Israel, säkulare Tendenzen in Ägypten unter Nasser und Sadat, Bekämpfung der Moslembruderschaft) bereits in den dreißiger und vierziger Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts aus. Über Ayman al-Zawahiri und Osama bin Laden (dessen Vater er ein nicht unkritisches, aber dennoch anrührendes Kapitel widmet) verfolgt Wright die weitere Entwicklung des radikalen Islamismus bis nach Afghanistan, dem Wendepunkt in der Geschichte des Selbstverständnisses der radikalen Muslime, um von dort aus auf die Ereignisse, sprich: Attentate, in Kenia und Tansania und auf den Angriff auf die USS Cole zu schauen.
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This is a great book for anyone who is interested in more than just the mere facts. The author goes back to the theoretical, social and political roots of islamic extremism, puts it into a geo-political context and draws the line up the events that did lead up to 9/11. The book goes well beyond the usual stereo-types. On top, the detailed research, some of it flavoured with anecdotes, is presented in a way that makes it a pleasure to read.

Many lesser known facts of Bin Laden's journey from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and back to Afghanistan as well as his family background, are presented in a way that creates a better understanding of his personality and the things that were driving him. The various competing extremists factions and their rivalries are analyzed, showing how fragmented this landscape really is. A book worthwhile reading.
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Let me also take this moment to ask all those who read this review to say a prayer for the victims of 9/11.

The roots of 9/11 trace back far into history, arguably to the 7th century when Islam was born. The Looming Tower takes up the story in November 1948 when Sayyid Qutb, an important Egyptian figure in the development of Islamic extremism, sailed for the United States where he was appalled by what he saw and experienced. Mr. Wright then nicely makes the connection to the Muslim Brothers movement which aimed at Egyptian nationalism. These twin roots developed a strain of Islam that was anti-modern and which dictated that all others must be violently conquered.

The book next picks up the thread of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the key al-Qaeda leader, and how he became an Islamic radical through being tortured in Egyptian prison.

The story then turns to Saudi Arabia where the legendary Mohammed bin Awahd bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's father, is described. From his long shadow (even after death), Osama emerged slowly through his attraction to the Muslim Brothers movement. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam provided the radical model that further involved Osama into opposition.

You'll be amazed, I'm sure, by seeing how ineffective Osama bin Laden and his colleagues were during the Afghan war. The story has a Keystone Kops quality at this point.

Because of his family connections, Osama is kept under the eye of Saudi intelligence . . . but is treated like someone who doesn't present much of a threat.

By 1992, Osama sets up operations in the Sudan. By then, he sees Christianity as the arch-enemy of Islam and the U.S. as the stronghold of Christianity that must be brought down.
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