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									Lawrence WrightLawrence Wright
An award-winning author, screenwriter, and staff writer for The New Yorker, Lawrence Wright has won acclaim for his in-depth investigations into groups from evangelical Christians to Al-Qaeda. He's even written a one-man play, "My Trip to al-Qaeda," about his adventures in researching The Looming Tower, his National Book Award contender.

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Fact File

Name:
Lawrence Wright
Current Home:
Austin, Texas
Date of Birth:
August 2, 1947
Place of Birth:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., Tulane University, 1969; M.A. (Applied Linguistics), American University in Cairo, 1971
Awards:
National Magazine Award, 1994; John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, 1994; Overseas Press Club Award, 2002

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2006 National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction

Selected Works

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								The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Author: 
								Lawrence Wright.

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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
by Lawrence Wright
From our Editors: "For most Americans, Al-Qaeda began to exist on September 11, 2001. Since then, we've been frantically piecing together shards of information about this secretive extremist movement. But connecting the dots isn't always easy. Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower translates data into meaning by tracing the rise of the group through the lives of four men: two terrorists and two men who tracked them. Perhaps even more significantly, he reveals the agency insularity that almost certainly prevented the thwarting of the 9/11 plot."

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								God's Favorite: A Novel, Author: 
								Lawrence Wright.
*  In the New World: Growing up with America from the Sixties to the Eighties (1988)
*  Saints and Sinners (1994)
*   (1997)
*  God's Favorite: A Novel (2000)
*  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006)

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Piano Man

"I play the keyboards in an Austin blues band, WhoDo," Wright reveals in our interview. "I've found that playing music with friends is about the most fun a grownup can have. I didn't take up the piano until I was thirty-eight and a half because I wanted to play 'Great Balls of Fire' on my fortieth birthday. I guess the point is that it's never too late to acquire a new passion."



An Early Expose

Wright's Reading Recommendations

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								Remembering Satan, Author: 
								Lawrence Wright.

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Remembering Satan
by Lawrence Wright
A true psychological detective story, family tragedy, and social commentary in one, Remembering Satan is Wright's investigation into the story of Paul Ingram, a sheriff's deputy in Olympia, Washington, whose grown daughters suddenly accused him of having molested them in the course of demonic rites.

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								The Moviegoer, Author: 
								Walker Percy.

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The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
Wright told us that The Moviegoer had a great influence on his career as a writer. "I wrote an honor's thesis on the subject at Tulane and got to spend time with Percy, who was first real writer I had ever met," he recalls. "He made it seem possible for me to be a writer as well, although he advised me it would be better if I were rich." Read on to find out about more of Wright's best-loved books, including:

*All the King's Men  by Robert Penn Warren
*The Tin Drum  by Gunter Grass
*Sophie's Choice  by William Styron
*The Earl of Louisiana  by A. J. Liebling
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