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
* 1 Background and education
* 2 Career
* 2.1 The Looming Tower * 2.2 Going Clear * 2.3 Other projects
* 3 Awards and honors
* 4 Bibliography
* 4.1 Books * 4.2 Plays * 4.3 Articles
* 5 References * 6 External links
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in
Dallas, Texas ,
in 1965 and was inducted into the school's
Hall of Fame
Wright at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library
THE LOOMING TOWER
Main article: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
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
The Looming Tower was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book
Prize , the 2007
Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Main article: Going Clear (book)
Wright had written a profile of former Scientologist
Paul Haggis for
The New Yorker . Wright's book on
Lawrence Wright, 2007
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.
Wright also co-wrote the screenplay for the film The Siege (1998),
which tells the story of a terrorist attack in
New York City
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
Wright also plays the keyboard in the Austin, Texas , blues collective WhoDo.
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.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for The Looming Tower
New York Times bestseller for The Looming Tower
New York Times Notable Book of the Year for The Looming Tower
New York Times Best Books of the Year for The Looming Tower
IRE Award for The Looming Tower
National Book Award finalist for The Looming Tower
Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for The Looming Tower
* 2006 Time magazine's Best Books of the Year for The Looming Tower
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
* City Children, Country Summer: A Story of Ghetto Children Among
the Amish. Scribner. 1979. ISBN 978-0-684-16144-0 .
* In the New World: Growing up with America, 1964-1984. Alfred A.
Knopf. 1988. ISBN 978-0-394-75964-7 .
* Saints and Sinners.
Alfred A. Knopf
* Camp David (premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) in March 2014)
* Wright, Lawrence (September 20, 2010). "The
* ^ Unmuth, Katherine Leal (April 26, 2009). "Alumni gather to
celebrate Woodrow Wilson High\'s 80th anniversary". The Dallas Morning
News . Retrieved August 21, 2010.
* ^ A B C "Lawrence Wright: About". Retrieved 2013-09-17.
* ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for
Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
* ^ Wright, Lawrence (2006). The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the
Road to 9/11. New York: Knopf. p. 350. ISBN 978-0-375-41486-2 .
* ^ Thornton, Kim (2012-11-17). "Lawrence Wright’s Book on Church