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Lawrence Wright (1) (1947–)

Author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

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Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947), Pulitzer Prize winning author, graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of show more Law. Wright is the author of the books God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (2018), Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013), Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006), Noriega: God's Favorite (2000), Twins: And What They Tell Us About Who We Are (1999), Remembering Satan (1994), Saints & Sinners (1993), In the New World: Growing Up in America, 1964-1984 (1987), and City Children, Country Summer: A Story of Ghetto Children Among the Amish (1979). (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies


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Austin, Texas, USA
Tulane University
American University in Cairo
Texas Monthly
Rolling Stone
The New Yorker
Short biography
Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947) is an American writer and journalist, who is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. Wright is best known as the author of the 2006 nonfiction book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Wright is also known for his work with documentarian Alex Gibney who directed film versions of Wright's one man show My Trip to Al-Qaeda and his book Going Clear. His 2020 novel, The End of October, a thriller about a pandemic, was released in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, in 1965 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2009. He is a graduate of Tulane University and taught English at the American University in Cairo (from which he was awarded a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in 1969) in Egypt for two years. Wright lives in Austin, Texas.

In 1980, Wright began working for the magazine Texas Monthly and contributed to Rolling Stone magazine. In late 1992, he joined the staff of The New Yorker.

Wright is the author of six books but is best known for his 2006 publication, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. A quick bestseller, The Looming Tower was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and is frequently referred to by some media pundits as being an excellent source of background information on Al Qaeda and the September 11 attacks. The book's title is a phrase from the Quran 4:78: "Wherever you are, death will find you, even in the looming tower", which Osama bin Laden quoted three times in a videotaped speech seen as directed to the 9/11 hijackers.



Going Clear -- SHR group read in 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (April 2014)


5/6/20 - Finished this book in a few days. I cannot tell you how absolutely fantastic I thought this book is! Lawrence Wright must have some type of crystal ball because so much of what America and the world are going through right now happens in this book. The book combines real-world events and individuals with a fictional story about the Kongola virus which spreads viciously throughout the world in hyperspeed. Page after page after page spoke of events that have happened in the USA over the last 30-60 days. Terms I never heard until the coronavirus hit are discussed in detail. It is a gripping read that propels the reader through a narrative that closely mirrors what we as a society are experiencing right now.… (more)
BenM2023 | 50 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
The first half was better than the second.

The main character wasn't very interesting to me, and things seemed to come too easily for him. Certain characters had potential, but we were only given a glimpse into their perspectives. Also, the timeline wasn't clear to me for most of the book and I wish more specific markers had been included to that end. I didn't fully enjoy the military/government angle.

As a story, this just wasn't memorable, but the scientific tidbits here and there made it an enjoyable read.

There is some profanity, including Jesus Christ and God used as curses. Darwinian evolutionary theory is regarded as fact. There are unnecessary sexual references, and drug use. I'll never understand why people think it's entertaining to smoke weed, or to read about others doing so.
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RachelRachelRachel | 50 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
I put this on pause. What was I thinking? Trump is in the news everyday, I don't need to read about another egotistical sociopath right now.
emmby | 116 other reviews | Oct 4, 2023 |
This book is preternaturally prescient
dmtrader | 50 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |



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