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

“Radicalism usually prospers in the gap between rising expectations and declining opportunities. This is especially true where the population is young, idle, and bored; where the art is impoverished; where entertainment—movies, theater, music—is policed or absent altogether; and where young men are set apart from the consoling and socializing presence of women.”

Lawrence Wright — The Looming Tower    

The book and show’s title refers not only to the Twin Towers but also to a passage from the Koran – “wherever you are, death will find you, even if you are in lofty towers” – quoted by Osama bin Laden not long before 9/11. Nevertheless, the towers themselves indeed loom over the series, which is no less gripping because we know where it’s headed. To the contrary, tension builds like heat in a pressure cooker as the FBI and the CIA take radically different and conflicting approaches to mitigating the threat from al-Qaida. [Guardian]

“The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” is a 2006 non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright. It is a historical look at the way in which the militant organization Al-Qaeda came into being, the background for various terrorist attacks and how they were investigated, and the events that led to the September 11 attacks. In 2007, Wright was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for the work. A 10-episode television miniseries adaptation aired in 2018 on Hulu. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Tracing the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, “The Looming Tower” takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

A rust-colored steel column recovered amid the rubble of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is a permanent memorial at CIA Headquarters.

The Looming Tower is an American drama web television miniseries based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, and consisting of ten episodes. The series is executive produced by Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney, and Wright.

“The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.

It follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.” [Wikipedia]

Official Trailer: The Looming Tower on Prime Video

REFERENCES

The Looming Tower review – thorough, thrilling drama retells the road to 9/11 — Guardian

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

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