The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower
Author: Lawrence Wright
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 498
Release: 2006-08-08
ISBN: 0307266087
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Looming Tower Book Excerpt:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • A “heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11” (The New York Times Book Review), this definitive history explains in gripping detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.

The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower
Author: Lawrence Wright
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2014-11-27
ISBN: 0141980850
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Looming Tower Book Excerpt:

THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING BESTSELLER, NOW A MAJOR NEW TV SERIES This is the definitive account of the run-up to 9/11: from the man who lit the spark of radical Islam in 1948, to those who built up a terror network, and to the FBI agent whose warnings of 'something big' coming were ignored until the Twin Towers fell. 'The Looming Tower is a thriller. And it's a tragedy, too' The New York Times 'The most detailed (and thrilling) account we have of the events that led to the destruction of the Twin Towers' Observer, Books of the Year 'Possibly the best book yet written on the rise of al-Qaeda ... beautifully written and wonderfully compelling' William Dalrymple 'We meet some formidable schemers and killers ... fabulists crazed with blood and death' Martin Amis

Summary of Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower

Summary of Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower
Author: Everest Media,
Publsiher: Everest Media LLC
Total Pages: 52
Release: 2022-06-10T22:59:00Z
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Qutb was a writer and educator in Egypt who experienced a crisis of faith when he saw the West approaching Egypt’s borders. He was Western in so many ways, and yet he still felt like an alien in his own country. #2 Qutb had a difficult relationship with his mother, who was extremely conservative. He had a difficult time finding a wife who would match his mother’s conservative values. He was unable to find a suitable bride from the dishonorable women who allowed themselves to be seen in public. #3 In the midst of the most prosperous holiday season in American history, Qutb walked through the streets of New York City and was appalled by the contrast between the two cities. #4 New York was a city of many cultures, and it was also a miserable place. But it was a place where people could start over, and it was hopeful.

Summary of The Looming Tower Review Keypoints and Take aways

Summary of The Looming Tower      Review Keypoints and Take aways
Author: PenZen Summaries
Publsiher: by Mocktime Publication
Total Pages: 16
Release: 2022-11-29
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The summary of The Looming Tower – Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 presented here include a short review of the book at the start followed by quick overview of main points and a list of important take-aways at the end of the summary. The Summary of The Looming Tower is a film that focuses entirely on al-Qaeda, its history, and the individuals who were instrumental in its establishment. These ideas provide information on Osama bin Laden's rise to power as leader of al-Qaeda as well as the events that led up to the devastating terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 that occurred in the United States. The Looming Tower summary includes the key points and important takeaways from the book The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. Disclaimer: 1. This summary is meant to preview and not to substitute the original book. 2. We recommend, for in-depth study purchase the excellent original book. 3. In this summary key points are rewritten and recreated and no part/text is directly taken or copied from original book. 4. If original author/publisher wants us to remove this summary, please contact us at su[email protected]

Quicklet on Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower Al Qaeda and the Road to 9 11 CliffNotes like Summary Analysis and Review

Quicklet on Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower  Al Qaeda and the Road to 9 11  CliffNotes like Summary  Analysis  and Review
Author: Samuel Moniz
Publsiher: Hyperink Inc
Total Pages: 25
Release: 2012-03-12
ISBN: 1614647526
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quicklet on Lawrence Wright s The Looming Tower Al Qaeda and the Road to 9 11 CliffNotes like Summary Analysis and Review Book Excerpt:

Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick! ABOUT THE BOOK The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 was first published in 2006, although Wright began the project some time earlier, conducting several hundred interviews with a wide range of individuals, from terrorist sympathizers to American law enforcement. The intent of the book was to provide a narrative of the events leading up to the events of September 11, 2001. This meant an in-depth discussion of the roots of al-Qaeda and similar organizations, the reasons for its decision to target America, and an explanation for the failure of American intelligence agencies to prevent the attack. Although it was not the first analysis of these events, The Looming Tower is distinguished by its focus on detail, and has been called a narrative history that possesses all the immediacy and emotional power of a novel, (New York TImes). The book focuses on the history and psychology of the key figures in the evolution of the ideology that ultimately brought down the World Trade Center. MEET THE AUTHOR Samuel Moniz is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he majored in Modern European History. In addition to academic papers, he has occasionally scribbled for the odd student paper or magazine. His interests include (unsurprisingly) history, as well as politics, philosophy, current events, and related subjects. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Wright begins his tale with a man named Sayyid Qutb, who traveled from Egypt to New York in 1948 after his criticism of his government provoked Egypts monarch to issue a warrant for his arrest. A writer and teacher, Qutb had spent time as a functionary in Egypts government before his departure. Politically, he opposed the British occupation of Egypt, and was hostile to Israel and its ally, the United States. Sophisticated and educated, he dressed formally, read French literature, and enjoyed American movies. This was the man who would be largely responsible for creating the movement that produced al-Qaeda. Wright describes Sayyid Qutbs impression of America as an attitude of ever-increasing disgust. This disgust began while he was still in transit to New York, when, on his cruise ship, a young woman offended him by offering to join him in his room for the night. Later, he witnessed a school dance... Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 + Introduction + About Lawrence Wright + About the Book + The Looming Tower: Overall Summary + ...and much more

Yemen Endures

Yemen Endures
Author: Ginny Hill
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-08-01
ISBN: 019086270X
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yemen Endures Book Excerpt:

Why is Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, involved in a costly and merciless war against its mountainous southern neighbor Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East? When the Saudis attacked the hitherto obscure Houthi militia, which they believed had Iranian backing, to oust Yemen's government in 2015, they expected an easy victory. They appealed for Western help and bought weapons worth billions of dollars from Britain and America; yet two years later the Houthis, a unique Shia sect, have the upper hand. In her revealing portrait of modern Yemen, Ginny Hill delves into its recent history, dominated by the enduring and pernicious influence of career dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled for three decades before being forced out by street protests in 2011. Saleh masterminded patronage networks that kept the state weak, allowing conflict, social inequality and terrorism to flourish. In the chaos that follows his departure, civil war and regional interference plague the country while separatist groups, Al-Qaeda and ISIS compete to exploit the broken state. And yet, Yemen endures.

Gandhi and Bin Laden

Gandhi and Bin Laden
Author: James L. Rowell
Publsiher: University Press of America
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2009-08-05
ISBN: 0761847677
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gandhi and Bin Laden Book Excerpt:

This book examines the lives and ideas of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Osama bin Laden. Can both men be equally 'religious' figures? How can the religious philosophy of nonviolence respond to its nemesis, which takes life easily and casually? Abdul Ghaffar Kahn, a nonviolent representative of Islam, is also discussed.

The Safety of the Kingdom

The Safety of the Kingdom
Author: J. Michael Martinez
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 1631440330
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Safety of the Kingdom Book Excerpt:

The horrendous events of September 11, 2001, heightened awareness of terrorism unlike all but a handful of major catastrophes in American history. Like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, 9/11 is a date forever enshrined in our national memory. But 9/11 once again raised the question: What should government do to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of a future attack? How should national leadership balance its responsibility to protect the civil liberties of U.S. citizens with its sworn duty to protect their lives? In The Safety of the Kingdom, J. Michael Martinez takes up the question of how the United States government has responded to terrorist attacks and, in the absence of an attack, the fear of foreign and subversive elements that may harm the nation. In some cases, the government “overreaction” led to a series of abuses that amplified the severity of the original threat. Rather than selecting every instance of government reaction to threats, Martinez examines representative cases, from the alien and sedition acts in the eighteenth century to the post-9/11 “war on terror.” Edward Snowden’s disclosure of classified information related to the NSA’s surveillance program brought to the fore an important debate about government scrutiny of its citizens. As J. Michael Martinez makes clear in this book, it is a debate that has been ongoing for centuries. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Greatest Criminal Cases Changing the Course of American Law

The Greatest Criminal Cases  Changing the Course of American Law
Author: J. Michael Martinez
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2014-03-28
ISBN: 1440828695
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greatest Criminal Cases Changing the Course of American Law Book Excerpt:

This fascinating book recounts the compelling stories behind 14 of the most important criminal procedure cases in American legal history. • Includes 20 photographs of key participants and scenes • Explains legal principles through engaging, jargon-free prose • Connects the importance of the cases to constitutional criminal procedure • Explores the impact of Supreme Court decisions

Afghanistan S Experiences

Afghanistan   S Experiences
Author: Hamid Hadi M.D
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 590
Release: 2016-03-31
ISBN: 1524600067
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Afghanistan S Experiences Book Excerpt:

Afghanistans Experiences is a sweeping analysis of the historic events and interplay between politics, religion, and terrorism in Afghanistan, the southeastern region of the country, and beyond. The author has vividly explained the origin and the rise of Taliban to powerone of the most important sources of turmoil in contemporary time. Thus, one can perceive how the dynamics of the sinister politics, religious extremism, and terrorism has culminated in avoidable brutal wars and human tragedies. Hamid Hadi has vividly described and put into political debate Afghanistans history; the implications of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan; the Americans, the Pakistanis, and Saudis role in the civil war; and the creation of the al-Qaeda that led to the 9/11 tragedy. In a unique research and analysis, the author has examined the acts of Islamic terrorists against the American people and institutions during the last 176 years and brilliantly deduced that the Russian invasion of Afghanistan was a watershed era in the formation of contemporary terrorism and that the failure of both superpowers foreign policy in Afghanistan to a great extent has resulted in growth of the terrorist network. Besides a detailed description of the 9/11 tragedy and Iraq war, Hamid Hadi has painstakingly brought the world religions and Abrahamic religions in particular into debate and discussed the reform of the Islamic faith.

Jihad and Genocide

Jihad and Genocide
Author: Richard L. Rubenstein
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2010-01-16
ISBN: 1442201983
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jihad and Genocide Book Excerpt:

This book examines the relationship between jihad and genocide, past and present. Richard L. Rubenstein takes a close look at the violent interpretations of jihad and how they have played out in the past hundred years, from the Armenian genocide through current threats to Israel. Rubenstein's unflinching study of the potential for fundamentalist jihad to initiate targeted violence raises pressing questions in a time when questions of religious co-existence, particularly in the Middle East, are discussed urgently each day.

Rethinking Anti Americanism

Rethinking Anti Americanism
Author: Max Paul Friedman
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 373
Release: 2012-08-27
ISBN: 0521683424
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rethinking Anti Americanism Book Excerpt:

This book reveals how the concept of 'anti-Americanism' has been misused for over 200 years to stifle domestic dissent and dismiss foreign criticism.

The Globalization of Martyrdom

The Globalization of Martyrdom
Author: Assaf Moghadam
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2008
ISBN: 0801890551
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Globalization of Martyrdom Book Excerpt:

The dissertation's conclusion offers practical policy recommendations based on the findings of this study, in which special emphasis is placed on the ideological component of the struggle against suicide attacks and terrorism in general.

Violent Non State Actors

Violent Non State Actors
Author: Ersel Aydinli
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2016-06-10
ISBN: 1317201221
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Violent Non State Actors Book Excerpt:

Given the importance of violent non-state actors (VNSA) and their evolving role in global politics, dynamic frameworks of analysis are needed both to trace historical trajectories in the evolution of violent non-state actorness and to identify emerging patterns by examining modern day cases. This book examines the defining characteristics and evolutionary dynamics of VNSAs, and introduces a framework based on their autonomy, representation and influence providing a comparative analysis of the late 19th and early 20th centuries’ Anarchist movement and the modern-day Jihadist network. It explores the distinct characteristics of the Anarchists and Jihadists as VNSAs with global potential, not just describing them, but also seeking to understand what they are instances of. With a longitudinal analysis, the book also considers the types of changes that have occurred in the past 150 years and the possible role VNSAs may play in current and future power polity shifts away from states toward non-state actors. It concludes with both theoretical implications for the study of non-state actors and transnational relations, and practical implications for government agencies or private groups tasked with finding ways of countering such violent non-state actors. This important book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, political science, and terrorism/security studies. It will also be of interest to practitioners in the security services including think-tank analysts and government security analysts.

Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda
Author: Doctor Christina Hellmich
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2011-08-11
ISBN: 1848139101
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Al Qaeda Book Excerpt:

Since the attacks of September 11th 2001 and up to and beyond Osama bin Ladin's death, al-Qaeda has come to embody the new enigmatic face of terrorism, dominating discussions of national and international security. Yet in spite of the attention it receives, conflicting assumptions about the group abound. Is al-Qaeda a rigidly structured organization, a global network of semi-independent cells, a franchise, or simply an idea whose time has come? What is meant by talk of the 'global Salafi jihad' that is confronting the West? What are the implications of bin Ladin's death? Christina Hellmich offers a critical examination of the widely-held notions regarding the origins and manifestations of al-Qaeda and the sources on which they rely, mapping the organisation's alleged transition from what began as a regional struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan to the increasingly leaderless jihad of the post-9/11 world. Rather than just providing yet another biography of al-Qaeda, Hellmich forensically examines discrepancies between the most common explanations and to the limits of what can realistically be known. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, 'al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise' offers a penetrating insight into an organization which, for all its notoriety, is one of the least-understood of our time.

The Audacious Ascetic

The Audacious Ascetic
Author: Flagg Miller
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2015
ISBN: 0190264365
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Audacious Ascetic Book Excerpt:

In late 2002, over 1500 audiotapes were discovered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in a house once occupied by Osama bin Laden. The Audacious Ascetic is the first book to explore this extraordinary archive. It details how Islamic cultural, legal, theological and linguistic vocabularies shaped militants' understandings of al-Qa'ida, and, more controversially, challenges the notion that the group's original adversary was America and the 'far enemy'. Miller argues that Western security agencies' 'management' of Bin Laden's growing reputation went awry. When magnified through global media coverage, narratives of al-Qa'ida's coherence were exploited by Osama and his militant supporters for their own ends. Focusing on over a dozen previously unpublished speeches by Bin Laden as well as on discussions by top al-Qa'ida leaders and Arab- Afghans, Miller chronicles the Saudi radical's evolving relationship with a host of Muslim insurgencies that found his stripe of asceticism (zuhd) tactically useful, especially when circulated via audiotape. These recordings also reveal militants' disenchantment when Bin Laden, marginalized through the '90s, began pandering to Western television networks in his attempt to direct heterodox Islamist armed struggles against America. Such audio evidence exposes al-Qa'ida's lack of coordination before 9-11 and invites scrutiny of dominant narratives of Western law enforcement, intelligence and terrorism analysts.

Black Wave

Black Wave
Author: Kim Ghattas
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-01-28
ISBN: 1250131219
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Wave Book Excerpt:

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 “[A] sweeping and authoritative history" (The New York Times Book Review), Black Wave is an unprecedented and ambitious examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979. Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy. With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS. Ghattas introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country’s dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Black Wave is both an intimate and sweeping history of the region and will significantly alter perceptions of the Middle East.

The Ground Truth

The Ground Truth
Author: John Farmer
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2009-09-08
ISBN: 1101152338
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ground Truth Book Excerpt:

From the senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, a mesmerizing real-time portrayal of that day, why we weren?t told the truth, and why our nation is still at risk. As one of the primary authors of the 9/11 Commission Report, John Farmer is proud of his and his colleagues? work. Yet he came away from the experience convinced that there was a further story to be told, one he was uniquely qualified to write. Now that story can be told. Tape recordings, transcripts, and contemporaneous records that had been classified have since been declassified, and the inspector general?s investigations of government conduct have been completed. Drawing on his knowledge of those sources, as well as his years as an attorney in public and private practice, Farmer reconstructs the truth of what happened on that fateful day and the disastrous circumstances that allowed it: the institutionalized disconnect between what those on the ground knew and what those in power did. He details ?terrifyingly and illuminatingly?the key moments in the years, months, weeks, and days that preceded the attacks, then descends almost in real time through the attacks themselves, portraying them as they have never before been seen. Ultimately, Farmer builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue but serves to create a false impression of order and security. The ground truth that Farmer captures suggests a very different scenario?one that is doomed to be repeated unless the systemic failures he reveals are confronted and remedied.

Vortex of Conflict

Vortex of Conflict
Author: Dan Caldwell
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 404
Release: 2011-02-17
ISBN: 0804776660
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vortex of Conflict Book Excerpt:

More than two million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq; more than 5,000 Americans have been killed; and over 35,000 have been grievously wounded. The war in Afghanistan has become America's longest war. Most Americans do not understand the background of, or reasons for, the United States' involvement in these two wars. Using primary and secondary sources, author Dan Caldwell describes relevant historical, political, cultural, and ideological elements related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He demonstrates how they are interrelated. Beginning with the history of the two conflicts within the context of U.S. policies toward Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan because American policy toward terrorism and Afghanistan cannot be understood without some consideration of Pakistan he outlines and analyzes major issues of the two wars. These include intelligence quality, war plans, postwar reconstruction, interagency policymaking, U.S. relations with allies, and shift from conventional to counterinsurgency strategy. He concludes by capturing the lessons learned from these two conflicts and points to their application in future conflict. His book is a one-volume resource for anyone who wishes to understand why and how the U.S. became involved in these two wars and in the affairs of Pakistan concurrently.

Great Powers and Regional Orders

Great Powers and Regional Orders
Author: Markus Kaim
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN: 1317124847
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Great Powers and Regional Orders Book Excerpt:

Great Powers and Regional Orders explores the manifestations of US power in the Persian Gulf and the limits of American influence. Significantly, this volume explores both the impact of US domestic politics and the role played by the region itself in terms of regional policy, order and stability. Well organized and logically structured, Markus Kaim and contributors have produced a new and unique contribution to the field that is applicable not only to US policy in the Persian Gulf but also to many other regional contexts. This will interest anyone working or researching within foreign policy, US and Middle Eastern politics.