Lawrence Wright Writing Styles in The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright
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Structure

Wright’s narrative mostly follows a chronological structure, with some shifts to emphasize related events. Throughout, the book traces three major individuals: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri, and John O’Neill. Other major and minor individuals are introduced and explained as they interact with these three men. Chapters generally cover a single theme or series of related events. On a few occasions, entire chapters are dedicated to one individual, but they generally shift between the three primary individuals to demonstrate how actions and events indirectly affect each other. Wright frequently uses anecdotes or lengthy descriptions to emphasize certain points or themes. These sections are not directly related to the progression of events, but illustrate a larger trend or symbolic significance.

Perspective

Lawrence Wright is a journalist, playwright, and the author of several nonfiction books. The Looming Tower is written with a generally objective perspective. It presents a...

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