This is a useful book that tells the story of Al Quaeda from its ideological beginnings in Egypt some 70 years ago. It also tells the Saudi background. This is very good but it becomes more difficult and detailed with more recent events.
The book is well written and has some 80 pages of notes which give the book its authority. The terrorists seem totally deluded but the book is good at demonstrating how they arrived at their peculiar viewpoint and how , by luck and poor work by the various intelligence services their view gave birth to a spectacular terror incident. It also shows that the US reaction whilst understandable was blunt and ham fisted.
I hope that Wright gives us a sequel about the events following 9/11
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