Through wrights eyes readers can understand that the fight against terror from al qaida to the islamic state involves real people not slogans st louis post dispatch few journalists are as conversant with the frightening post 9 11 world than the new yorker s lawrence wright . Synopsis these powerful investigative pieces which take us from the religious police of saudi arabia to the rise of the islamic state comprise an essential primer on jihadist movements in the middle east and the attempts of the west to contain them. Heres my review for usa today few american writers understand the phenomenon of islam based terrorism better than writer lawrence wright whose 2006 book the looming tower comprehensively detailed the rise of al qaeda from its roots in the muslim brotherhood to the 9 11 attacks. Over the decade and a half since the 9 11 attacks al qaeda has morphed and even spawned a rival terrorist organization the islamic state lawrence wright author of the pulitzer prize winning the . Wright 69 a longtime contributor to the new yorker wrote these 11 articles for the magazine some of which later appeared in the looming tower al qaeda and the road to 9 11 wrights
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