Wright in 2014
|Born||August 2, 1947|
|Alma mater||"Tulane University|
|Notable works||"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11|
|Notable awards||"Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (2007)|
Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947) is an American "author, screenwriter, staff writer for "The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the "New York University School of Law. Wright is best known as the author of the 2006 nonfiction book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Wright is also known for his work with documentarian "Alex Gibney who directed film versions of Wright's one man show My Trip to Al-Qaeda and his book "Going Clear.
Wright graduated from "Woodrow Wilson High School in "Dallas, Texas, in 1965 and was inducted into the school's "Hall of Fame in 2009. He is a graduate of "Tulane University and taught English at the "American University in Cairo (from which was awarded a "Master of Arts in "Applied Linguistics in 1969) in "Egypt for two years.
Wright is the author of six books but is best known for his 2006 publication, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. A quick bestseller, The Looming Tower was awarded the "J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2007 "Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and is frequently referred to by some "media pundits as being an excellent source of background information on "Al Qaeda and the "September 11 attacks. The book's title is a phrase from the "Quran 4:78: "Wherever you are, death will find you, even in the looming tower", which "Osama bin Laden quoted three times in a videotaped speech seen as directed to the 9/11 hijackers.
Wright had written a profile of "former Scientologist "Paul Haggis for "The New Yorker. Wright's book on "Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief was published in January 2013. The book contains interviews from current and former Scientologists, and examines the history and leadership of the organisation. In an interview for "The New York Times, Wright disclosed that he has received "innumerable" letters threatening legal action from lawyers representing the church and celebrities who belong to it. Wright spoke to two hundred current and former Scientologists for the book. The Church published an official statement in its newsroom and a blog listing its rebuttals to Wright's claims.
Among Wright's other books is Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory (1994), about the "Paul Ingram "false memory case. On June 7, 1996, Wright testified at Ingram's pardon hearing.["citation needed]
Wright also co-wrote the screenplay for the film "The Siege (1998), which tells the story of a "terrorist attack in "New York City that leads to curtailed "civil liberties and rounding up of Arab-Americans. A script that Wright originally wrote for "Oliver Stone was turned instead into a well-regarded "Showtime movie, Noriega: God's Favorite (2000).["citation needed]
A documentary featuring Wright, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, premiered on "HBO in September 2010. It was based on his journeys and experiences in the Middle East during his research for The Looming Tower. My Trip to Al-Qaeda looks at al-Qaeda, Islamic radicalism, hostility to America and the U.S. military presence in "Afghanistan and "Iraq and combines Wright's first-person narrative with documentary footage and photographs.
Wright is also a playwright. He has worked on a script over several years concerning the making of the epic film, "Cleopatra," that starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Harrison, and Rex Harrison. The play is titled "Cleo" and is set to open on October 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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