The September 11th plane hijacking by the terrorists and the attacks that were made on both the World Trade Center largely caught the United States by surprise. After the settlement of this dust, the shock of this sort of unprecedented occurrence had vanished, the American citizens started asking questions. According to Meek, it is during this time that names such as Osama Bin Laden, organizations such as Al-Qaeda, as well as nations such as Afghanistan came into the consciousness of the public for the first time. The American public asked questions like what would have been done in order to avert the incident and why the organization had a lot of hatred against the U.S. Wright, in The Looming Tower, makes an effort in giving answers to these questions that were on everyone’s lips. The Looming Tower was published in the year 2006, even though Wright started the project earlier, carrying out hundreds of interviews with an array of individuals ranging from terrorist's sympathizers to the U.S. law enforcement (Meek). The aim of this book was to give a narrative of the happenings of the Sept 11, 2001.
Wright’s account adopts the form of a biography, telling the lives of a number of ostensibly unrelated individuals so as to make an illustration regarding the development of the Al-Qaeda, and the reason why the September 11 transpired. Wright’s The Looming Tower outlines the reason behind America’s attack, linking together the incidences that he supposed were critical in the advancement of Al-Qaeda’s desire to strike the United States. Knopf asserts that whereas Wright develops his core arguments through the story-telling medium, the book is fact-checked against the actual happenings of the incidences, hence giving the readers a true account of the whole subject matter.
The Looming Tower is a gripping account that gives an explanation of the unprecedented detail on the development of Islamic fundamentalism, the ascent of the Al-Qaeda, as well as the intelligence failures that culminated during the attacks made on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright reconstructs the immediate transformation of both Osama bin Laden and also Ayman al-Zawahiri from ineffectual and idealistic soldiers from Afghanistan. The Looming Tower is a tremendously impressive book that any individual interested in the 9/11 event, terrorism, Al-Qaeda, or the contemporary history of the Middle East. The book is particularly interesting from the perspectives of the pervasive as well as very hard-to-eliminate conspiracy theories that keep on lingering on September 11, a decade after the event.
The Looming Tower does not revolve around the conspiracy theories that surround the 9/11 incidences. It is just tangentially about the 9/11 itself. Wright focuses on the origin of Al-Qaeda and the semi-biography of its dead leader, Osama bin Laden. Nevertheless, what the book The Looming Towers does is to illustrate how far the “9/11 Truth” theories from the reality. The book offers a comprehensive examination on the circumstantial aspect of the 9/11 event, which is entirely misplaced from the shallow standpoint of the conspiracy theories of the 9/11 attacks. The book is significant to any person who desires to comprehend the reason behind Osama’s attack on the U.S. and what it is that they wished to attain. Indeed, even though it was not perceived as a piece of demystification, the ludicrous conspiracy theories still exist. The Looming Towers provide some exceptional rejoinders towards the event. Although the 9/11 event is closest among Osama’s followers, the account is highly attributed to him. The book does a great job in spotting the flaws as well as the failures that were attributable to the mass suicide By Osama bin Laden.
The author of the book does a great job in making an in-depth discussion regarding the Al-Qaeda roots as well as similar organizations, why they decided to target the U.S., in addition to elucidation of the failure by the American security agencies to prevent the tragic attack. Even though Wright’s book was not the first analysis being made in relation to this event, The Looming Tower is exemplary in its focus upon the details, which made it to be described as “a historical narrative that has all the immediacy as well as emotional attachment of a novel (New York Times). The Looming Tower places emphasis on both the history as well as psychology on the major figures in the development of the ideology that eventually toppled the World Trade Center (Wright).
As the book The Looming Tower reveals, Lawrence Wright is an exceptional writer who does his research well in relation to an event whose consequences will forever remain in the minds of the American people. He fleshes out what was initially long essays on the 9/11 events, combines extensive reportage and personality sketches, as well as the pacing of a thriller in offering the reader the best as well as the most readable narration to date, regarding the events that led to the 9/11 event (Knopf).
Lawrence explores the incidences that led to the unforgettable 9/11 attacks on the U.S. in The Looming Tower. He provides an insight into the Al-Qaeda as well as its activities. He pursues the U.S. intelligence information that showed the plans by the terrorists. Wright asserts that the attacks would have been anticipated, if only the information that was gathered would have been used appropriately. He zeros in on the mastermind behind the attack, Osama Bin Laden, and the manner in which he gained followers. Laden utilized his money as well as influence to form a large terrorist organization that was accountable for many deaths in the U.S. The Looming Tower is an exceptionally comprehensive account of the incidents that led to the 9/11 events, where Wright talks about the developments of the Al-Qaeda as well as its anti-U.S. philosophy, in addition to the efforts made by different personalities in the U.S. law Bureaus in trying to avert these attacks from taking place.
The smartest decision that Lawrence Wright makes is his decision to open The Looming Towers with the biographical description of Sayyid Qutb, who is at times referred to as the “Philosopher of the Islamic Terror,” as well as placing emphasis on Ayman al-Zawahiri, along with Osama bin Laden, in order to clarify the Egyptian setting of most of the Islamism. Wright weaves the accounts of Qutb, Zawahiri as well as bin Laden into that of Prince Turki, who beheaded the Saudi Intelligence Services for many years, and that of John O’Neill, an FBI agent who eminently who abandoned the counter-intelligence post where he had been amongst the voices. The interplay that Wright provides between these figures offers a quality turn of events that is nearly the same as the tragedies by Shakespeare.
Insofar as the plot of The Looming Towers goes, the author, Wright, does an efficient job in illustrating just how outrageous the grievances as well as beliefs of the Al-Qaeda members are, and as a result, how questionable it was that the political leaders, who had not involved themselves in the study regarding the movement will acknowledge the reports of their intents. Nevertheless, he illustrates that the people who were particularly tasked with establishing intelligence on the extremists came to comprehend the reality of the threat that they posed. The saddening account in the story is the manner in which bureaucratic intrigues along with politically-correct civil freedoms “safeguards” frustrated the efficient investigation as well as exposure of the threats. We start by comprehending why the individuals in the upper echelons within the government would not expect attacks similar to the 9/11 one, and then they end up being enraged by the very structures as well as working of the government participation in making sure that even when the possibility of such attacks became apparent, they chose to ignore the Red Alerts.
Lawrence Wright describes a far-reaching analysis of the investigators as well as the U.S intelligence apparatus, and illustrating that whereas t 9-11 was ridiculous to most people it could have been averted relatively easy if it was not for the governmental incompetence. Wright makes a conclusion on his book by blaming the 9/11 tragedy on the U.S. law enforcement agencies’ organizational structure, along with a number of people within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Whereas Wright presents various highly convincing as well as thoroughly researched arguments regarding what caused the 9/11, he is biased as well as takes a one-sided approach towards specific issues that detracts his readers from overall comprehending these events.
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