The Looming Tower

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9/11 is almost here — again. Five years now since the great attacks, and still there is so much that most of us do not understand about the roots of that fateful day. About the men who planned the attacks. About the origins of their ambition. About the handful of Americans who saw it coming and could not rally the country to stop it.

An astonishing new book by Lawrence Wright, "The Looming Towers," takes us deep into the ideological history and very personal lives of the men who plotted and, he says, plot still to change the world.

We go from the dungeons of the Crusades to 9.11.01 with Lawrence Wright and The Looming Towers.


Lawrence Wright, author of "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" and staff writer at The New Yorker

This program aired on September 5, 2006.


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