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Wright, Lawrence 1947-

Works: 70 works in 405 publications in 12 languages and 20,798 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Drama  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Case studies  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Scenarist, Conceptor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Lawrence Wright
The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Book )

51 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 4,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. The Looming Tower achieves an unprecedented level of intimacy and insight by telling the story through the interweaving lives of four men: the two leaders of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri; the FBI’s counterterrorism chief, John O’Neill; and the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal. As these lives unfold, we see revealed: the crosscurrents of modern Islam that helped to radicalize Zawahiri and bin Laden . . . the birth of al-Qaeda and its unsteady development into an organization capable of the American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole . . . O’Neill’s heroic efforts to track al-Qaeda before 9/11, and his tragic death in the World Trade towers . . . Prince Turki’s transformation from bin Laden’s ally to his enemy . . . the failures of the FBI, CIA, and NSA to share intelligence that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The Looming Tower broadens and deepens our knowledge of these signal events by taking us behind the scenes. Here is Sayyid Qutb, founder of the modern Islamist movement, lonely and despairing as he meets Western culture up close in 1940s America; the privileged childhoods of bin Laden and Zawahiri; family life in the al-Qaeda compounds of Sudan and Afghanistan; O’Neill’s high-wire act in balancing his all-consuming career with his equally entangling personal life—he was living with three women, each of them unaware of the others’ existence—and the nitty-gritty of turf battles among U.S. intelligence agencies. Brilliantly conceived and written, The Looming Tower draws all elements of the story into a galvanizing narrative that adds immeasurably to our understanding of how we arrived at September 11, 2001. The richness of its new information, and the depth of its perceptions, can help us deal more wisely and effectively with the continuing terrorist threat. -- Provided by publisher
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright( Book )

41 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard"--Publisher description
Thirteen days in September : Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations, explaining the relevant background to the conflict and to all the major participants at the conference, from the three heads of state to their mostly well-known seconds working furiously behind the scenes
Twins : and what they tell us about who we are by Lawrence Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent studies of twins have shaken the field of psychology to its foundation, revolutionizing our understanding of our own personalities. Because identical twins separated at birth share all the same genes, yet live separate lives, they offer a unique opportunity to test theories about the roles played by nature and nurture in shaping who we are. Twins directly challenges many long-held beliefs. For instance, a series of groundbreaking studies of twins has shown that our genes play a much stronger role in shaping our identities than previously thought. Today, scientists can actually estimate what proportion of our intelligence, our personality, and our behavior is determined by inherited tendencies. Even our political orientation and our religious commitment, it turns out, are largely governed by our genes. Twins is filled with astounding stories of identical twins who have lived entirely separate lives but have an incredible amount in common: their hobbies, their mannerisms, their taste in music, food, and clothes, their experiences in marriage and divorce, their careers, their sexuality, even the names they've given their children
The terror years : from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State by Lawrence Wright( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eleven powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from a more peaceful time in 1990s Israel to the recent beheadings of reporters 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 cult-like beliefs have morphed and spread. They include: a picture of Saudi Arabia 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; Israel and Hamas waging war over Gaza. 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 head of the CIA. It ends with the recent devastating capture and beheadings by ISIS of four American journalists and how our government handled the situation"--
The siege by Edward Zwick( Visual )

43 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FBI special agent Anthony "Hub" Hubbard and U.S. Army General William Devereaux attempt to stop a ruthless band of terrorists from wreaking havoc on New York City
Going clear : Scientology & the prison of belief by Tom Cruise( Visual )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... [A] look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees."--Container
Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shocking and controversial case of Paul Ingram - to all appearances a happily married husband and father of five - who was accused of sexual abuse by his two daughters, ages twenty-two and eighteen, is told in a book that raises profound questions about the phenomenon known as recovered memory. The story begins on a day in November 1988 as Ingram, a deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington, arrives at his office, is relieved of his gun and his badge, and is brought into an interrogation room where, in an atmosphere of gathering hysteria, he is questioned by his boss and two of his fellow officers. When Ingram says he has no memory of assaulting his daughters, the interrogators suggest that he is "in denial" and will feel much better if he can remember and get it off his chest. Over the next days and weeks, he, along with his daughters, and eventually his wife and two of his three sons, did exactly that. All of them "remembered" many instances, over a period of more than fifteen years, of sexual molestation and finally of abuse - even murder - connected to satanic rites, instances involving their entire family, some friends, and other members of the sheriff's department. As dozens of people became implicated, outside experts of every stripe - mental health professionals, the FBI, memory specialists, abuse counselors - were brought in, and the case attracted national attention. Remembering Satan grippingly relates what happened to Ingram, to his wife, to his daughters, and to the others engulfed by these events. It is also an examination of the recovered memory phenomenon, which seems to be surfacing everywhere - the retrieval years later of supposed traumatic events that lie buried in the subconscious. Ultimately the book explores what may be happening in people's memories and why it is happening now. Fascinating, unsettling, Remembering Satan penetrates a psychological mystery as it looks into the hidden ways the mind remembers. A cautionary tale for our time
The looming tower : al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright( Recording )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, & the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright( Recording )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. At the book's center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige--tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard. We learn about Scientology's complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church's goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church's clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract. In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is
Saints & sinners : Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell, Matthew Fox by Lawrence Wright( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher, whose challenges to established ways of thinking (in the late sixties he shocked both the left and the right by expanding his civil rights ministry to include the Ku Klux Klan) and stubborn refusal to come up with easy answers have made him a legend in his own time. Matthew Fox, a Dominican, constantly at war with a Vatican that is trying to defrock him, who incorporates elements of New Age and revolutionary thinking into his priesthood, and is willing to explore unorthodox paths to spiritual awakening. Bringing us close to these six, letting us listen to their voices and see them in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the tasks, passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith
God's favorite : a novel by Lawrence Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lawrence Wright captures all the drama and black humor of Panama during the final, nerve-racking days of its legendary dictator, Manuel Antonio Noriega." "Drawn from a historical record more dramatic than even the most artful spy novel, God's Favorite is a darkly comic fictional account of the events that occurred in Panama from 1985 to the dictator's capture in 1989. With a journalist's eye for detail, Lawrence Wright leads the reader toward a dramatic face-off in the Vatican embassy, where Noriega confronts his psychological match in the Papal Nuncio."--Jacket
City children, country summer by Lawrence Wright( Book )

2 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An up-close account of the experience of inner city New York kids--black and Latino, from ghettos and projects--who spent a summer in an Amish and Mennonite farm community in Central Pennsylvania in the late 1970s, sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund
Thirteen days in September : Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright( Recording )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty; the first treaty in the modern Middle East, which endures to this day. With his insight into the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations
Twins : genes, environment and the mystery of human identity by Lawrence Wright( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shortlisted for the Rhone Poulenc Prize for Science for 1997. Comprehensive bibliography
Hold on to your veil, Fatima! : and other snapshots of life in contemporary Egypt by Sanna Negus( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Sanna Negus weaves together intimate stories with historical narratives and news events to reveal the other side of Egypt, a modern nation a long way removed from the pyramids and temples visited by most visitors to the country
Thirteen days in September : the dramatic story of the struggle for peace by Lawrence Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In September 1978, three world leaders - Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel; Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt; and US president Jimmy Carter - met at Camp David to broker a peace agreement between the two Middle East nations. During the thirteen-day conference, Begin and Sadat got into screaming matches and had to be physically separated; both attempted to walk away multiple times. Yet, by the end, a treaty had been forged - one that has quietly stood for more than three decades, proving that peace in the Middle East is possible. Lawrence Wright combines politics, scripture, and the participants' personal histories into a compelling narrative of the fragile peace process...Thirteen Days in September is a timely revisiting of the diplomatic triumph they achieved and an inside look at how peace is made." -- book cover
Twins : and what they tell us about who we are by Lawrence Wright( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La guerre cachée : Al-Qaïda et les origines du terrorisme islamiste by Lawrence Wright( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Après l'évocation de l'attentat du World Trade Center, l'auteur débrouille peu à peu les idéologies antioccidentale et antisioniste, ainsi que la radicalisation croissante de l'islamisme depuis 1948, date de création de l'Etat hébreu. De Qutb, père du fondamentalisme islamique, à Ben Laden, les faits et les portraits sont approfondis et jamais univoques. Prix Pulitzer 2007"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Der Tod wird euch finden : Al-Qaida und der Weg zum 11. September by Lawrence Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in German and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In einer packenden Erzählung schildert der Journalist Lawrence Wright erstmals umfassend die Vorgeschichte des 11. September. Vier Männer stehen im Mittelpunkt: Osama Bin Laden und seine Nummer zwei, Aiman al-Sawahiri, der FBI-Mann John ONeill und der saudische Geheimdienstchef Turki al-Faisal. Meisterhaft verknüpft Wright ihre Lebenswege zu einem Gesamtbild der Ereignisse, Wendepunkte, Versäumnisse und Fehleinschätzungen, die den Anschlägen vorangingen. "Wo ihr auch sein mögt, der Tod wird euch finden, und wäret ihr im hohen Turm." Mit diesen dem Koran entlehnten Worten mahnte Osama Bin Laden seine Kämpfer, furchtlos dem Tod entgegenzusehen. Im Rückblick lassen sie sich auch als düstere Warnung an den Feind lesen, dessen Hochhaustürme in New York zum Angriffsziel wurden. Osama Bin Ladens Aufstieg zum bekanntesten Terroristen des 21. Jahrhunderts bildet einen der Erzählstränge in der bislang vollständigsten Rekonstruktion der Vorgeschichte des 11. September durch den Journalisten Lawrence Wright. Daneben verfolgt Wright, der jahrelang recherchierte und Hunderte von Interviews führte, den Werdegang des al-Qaida-Mitstreiters Aiman al-Sawahiri, des obersten Terroristenfahnders des FBI, John O'Neill, der ausgerechnet in den Trümmern des World Trade Centers starb, sowie des saudischen Königssohns Turki al-Faisal, der als Geheimdienstchef seines Landes zwischen beiden Welten wandelte. Zu einer fesselnden Erzählung verwoben, erhellen die Lebensgeschichten zugleich die Hintergründe des Anschlags: die wachsende Radikalisierung der Islamisten, die Zerrissenheit arabischer Staaten, die widersprüchliche Haltung des Westens. Eine unglaublich spannende und gewinnbringende Lektüre. * Ein tiefer Einblick in Denken und Handeln der al-Qaida-Führer und ihrer wichtigsten Kontrahenten * Eines der besten Bücher des Jahres 2006 in Großbritannien und Amerika, Pulitzer-Preis 2007 "Exzellent recherchiertes Buch über Al-Qaida." Die Welt am Sonntag "Das Standardwerk über die Vorgeschichte der Anschläge vom 11. September." taz "Sein Buch ist ein Meisterwerk über die islamische Terrorgruppe." Welt am Sonntag
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The looming tower : Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
Alternative Names
Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusforfattar

Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusförfattare

Lawrence Wright amerikansk manusforfatter

Lawrence Wright amerikansk manuskriptforfatter

Lawrence Wright auteur, scénariste, auteur dramatique, journaliste au "New Yorker"

Lawrence Wright escritor estadounidense

Lawrence Wright (schrijver) Amerikaans auteur

Lawrence Wright US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und Drehbuchautor

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Райт, Лоуренс

לורנס רייט

לורנס רייט סופר אמריקאי

רייט, לורנס, 1947-

لارنس رایت فیلمنامه‌نویس آمریکایی

لورانس رايت كاتب أمريكي

라이트, 로렌스

ライト, ローレンス



Twins : and what they tell us about who we areRemembering SatanThe looming tower : al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11Saints & sinners : Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell, Matthew FoxGod's favorite : a novelTwins : genes, environment and the mystery of human identityHold on to your veil, Fatima! : and other snapshots of life in contemporary EgyptTwins : and what they tell us about who we are