Book #23: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright
In the wake of 9/11 radical, fundamental Islam has been in the forefront of the American consciousness. But the people and ideas that formed Al-Qaeda found their roots decades earlier. In this book Lawrence Wright outlines the history of radical fundamental Islam and their attempt to establish an islamic theocracy. It is a fascinating trek through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Sudan and ultimately to the foot of the World Trade Center. As Americans, if we want to understand contemporary movements like ISIS we need to understand the history of the threat.