Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State

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Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State

A discussion with Ali Soufan and Lawrence Wright


In Anatomy of Terror, former FBI special agent and New York Times best-selling author Ali Soufan dissects bin Laden's brand of jihadi terrorism and its major offshoots, revealing how these organizations were formed, how they operate, their strengths, and ―crucially― their weaknesses. This riveting account examines the new Islamic radicalism through the eyes of its flag-bearers. 

Ali Soufan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group and the author of the New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda. Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, and serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, a  New York Times Best Seller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General nonfiction, and named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. The Hulu series, The Looming Tower, based on his book, will air later this year. Wright's latest book is The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.