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The Terror Years

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The Terror Years by Lawrence Wright
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Jul 25, 2017 | ISBN 9780804170031

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“Superb and gracefully written. . . . Wright is one of the most lucid writers on the subject of Islamic extremism.” —The New York Review of Books

“Few American writers understand the phenomenon of Islam-based terrorism better than writer Lawrence Wright.” —USA Today

“An essential record of the 9/11 era. . . . Wright has a gift only the most talented journalists possess . . . he brings the world vividly to our fingertips.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Vital. . . . Heartbreaking. . . . Darkly magnificent.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“A fine tapestry of personal experience and unobtrusive reflection.” —The New York Times Book Review

“This is reportage pure and simple—and it is first-rate.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Compelling. . . . Insightful. . . . Wright takes readers on a disquieting journey through the world of violent jihadism, spending time with its perpetrators, its theorists, its mavericks, its victims, and its enemies. . . . Wright’s portrait of the spiritual home of contemporary jihadism will be as chilling as it is credible.” —Foreign Affairs

“Masterful. . . . Searing. . . . Combines a deep knowledge base with a strong current of journalistic compassion.” —The Dallas Morning News

“Offers a view of the war through the lens of the individuals and societies that have taken part in it. . . . explores events through a closer, more personal lens at which historians too often balk, in an engaging, empathetic, and literary narrative style.” —Commonweal

“Insightful, informative. . . . Vivid. . . . Through [Wright’s] 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. . . . Anyone who reflects on these thorough, thoughtful pieces will be better equipped to evaluate the prescriptions for waging that fight offered by those vying to lead it.” —Shelf Awareness

Table Of Contents


The Man Behind bin Laden
Tthe Counterterrorist
The Agent
Tthe Kingdom of Silence
The Terror Web
Captured on Film
The Master Plan
Tthe Spymaster
Tthe Rebellion Within
Five hostages


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