Ritical Book Review THE LOOMING TOWER AL-QAEDA AND THE ROAD TO 9/11″
The Looming Toweris an engaging Pulitzer Prize-winning book that ties in many of the themes youve been exposed to throughout the course. The review requirements are as follows: Your review will convey your understanding of the significance of the book by addressing the events leading up to 9/11 from the individual, state, and international levels of analysis. The critical review will be no longer than 14 pages and no less than 10 (equivalent to double-spacing on 8.5 by 11 paper). Spelling and grammar matter, as does the clarity and organization of your writing. Be sure to have a title page and a bibliography with all pages numbered except the title page and bibliography not counting toward the page limit.
Your critical book review requires a thesis that assesses the goal(s) of a book and evaluates the use of evidence while drawing on material youve been exposed to within the course. A critical book review does not simply summarize the content of the book. You must provide a detailed thesis statement to explain what you are going to argue in your critique, what illustrations you will draw on to support your argument, why these illustrations are important and, in general, why your argument has crucial implications for understanding the Looming Tower.
Please address the following questions in writing your review:
What is Wright trying to accomplish? With regards to the authors primary argument, thesis, or purpose, how is this argument developed? How would you assess these arguments? Keep in mind what you have read in and outside of this course to critically evaluate the validity of the authors ideas. Does the authors argument support or refute what you have been reading? To illustrate, according to Wright, why did al-Qaeda decide to attack America? Do you agree with this personality-led explanation?
What were the key findings of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11? What is Wrights explanation for the American failure to stop the September 11 plot?
Explain how and why you agree or disagree with the authors findings. What sources does the author rely on? Are the sources balanced? Does the author exhibit a particular bias and impart certain values? Does this bias influence the authors argument? Has bias distorted the authors position or the evidence selected? Are you convinced by the authors argument? Can you think of any counter arguments that challenge the books main arguments? Do you find the authors arguments or the counter arguments you identified more convincing? To illustrate, if the CIA had several clear opportunities to capture and kill bin Laden and other top leaders of al-Qaeda, why were these opportunities not acted upon?
What are the strengths and limitations of the book? Does Wright adequately deal with the nature of the threat posed by al-Qaeda and suggest legitimate ways of dealing with this threat? Do Wrights arguments have any relevance to the threat the U.S. faces today or are we faced with, as terrorist expert Jason Burke has suggested, A broad and diverse movement of radical Islamic militancythat existed before al-Qaedas moment in the sun?
Would you recommend this book? Your concluding paragraph should pull the review together.