The Best Books of 2016 — #8 The Looming Tower–Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11


loomingNovember 13, 2015 around dusk here in Dothan, I had just gotten in my car around 6 PM for a drive of a little over an hour to a sectional rally when the top of the hour newscast began describing the terrorist attacks in Paris.  These attacks fell into a different category because they had been coordinated to hit several different places in Paris at the same time.  Only 10 months earlier in January, terrorists had attacked Charlie Hebdo and two days later a Jewish grocery store had been attacked as well all leaving a small number of casualties but not a large amount of injuries.  On the way home from the sectional rally, the talk radio outlets, which I hadn’t listened to for several years lured me back in, because they were blazing with opinions and reports.  I cannot remember where or how I ran across a New York Times journalist but Rukmini Callimachi entered my world that evening when I got home and started reading on the internet the accounts of the Paris attacks.  She had a Twitter feed that she was using very well and tagging a variety of articles that she had written in the past on terrorism.  I started following her on Twitter although admittedly she is very liberal in much of her ideations, I began to learn much more about terrorism and its origins.  I then contacted her via email and surprisingly she replied to me several times with book suggestions and various journal articles, some that were hers and some that were written by others.  She suggested a book that I am putting in the eighth slot of best books that I read in 2016.  The book she wrote that everyone should start with is by Lawrence Wright.

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