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LAWRENCE WRIGHT - The Terror Years

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352055
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Knopf - August 23rd, 2016


Monday, September 19 at 7pm

Pultizer Prize-winning Author
speaking & signing
The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State








Tonight we're honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize Award-winning author Lawrence Wright. His latest book, The Terror Years, pulls together a collection of his work focusing on the recent history of terrorism, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the '90s to the dangers journalists and aid workers face from ISIS today. Don't miss out on an insightful discussion with one of the most prominent writers on the subject. 



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"Wright displays his top-notch reporting in stories about a disintegrating Syria, the never-ending conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians, the faith-based beliefs that undergird al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, and the massive failures of American intelligence agencies . . . Yet more great work from a dedicated journalist." -Kirkus Reviews


Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread. They include an indelible impression of Saudi Arabia, a kingdom of silence under the control of the religious police; the Syrian film industry, then compliant at the edges but already exuding a feeling of the barely masked fury that erupted into civil war; the 2006-11 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, a study in disparate values of human lives. Others continue to look into al-Qaeda as it forms a master plan for its future, experiences a rebellion from within the organization, and spins off a growing web of terror in the world. The American response is covered in profiles of two FBI agents and a chief of the CIA. It ends with the recent devastating piece about the capture and beheading by ISIS of four American journalists and aid workers, and how our government failed to handle the situation


LAWRENCE WRIGHT is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of eight previous books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, Going Clear, andThirteen Days in September, and one novel. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas. 

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