Lawrence wright is a staff writer for the new yorker and the author of eight previous books of nonfiction including in the new world remembering satan the looming tower going clear and thirteen days in september and one novel gods favoritehis books have received many prizes and honors including a pulitzer prize for the looming tower. 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. As al shm is a region often compared with the levant or greater syria the groups name has been variously translated as islamic state of iraq and al sham islamic state of iraq and syria both abbreviated as isis or islamic state of iraq and the levant abbreviated as isil. Lawrence wrights new book collects his essays for the new yorker on the growth of terrorism in the middle east from the sept 11 attacks to the recent beheadings of journalists and aid workers
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