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LAWRENCE WRIGHT (born August 2, 1947) is an American author , screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker
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
Alex Gibney
who directed film versions of Wright's one man show My Trip to Al-Qaeda and his book Going Clear .

CONTENTS

* 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
Dallas, Texas
, in 1965 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
in 2009. He is a graduate of Tulane University
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
Egypt
for two years.

CAREER

Wright at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library

In 1980 Wright began working for the magazine Texas Monthly
Texas Monthly
and contributed to Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine. In late 1992, he joined the staff of The New Yorker.

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 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
Al Qaeda
and the September 11 attacks . The book's title is a phrase from the Quran
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.

GOING CLEAR

Main article: Going Clear (book)

Wright had written a profile of former Scientologist Paul Haggis for The New Yorker
The New Yorker
. Wright's book on Scientology
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
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.

OTHER PROJECTS

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
New York City
that leads to curtailed civil liberties and rounding up of Arab-Americans. A script that Wright originally wrote for Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
was turned instead into a well-regarded Showtime movie, Noriega: God's Favorite (2000).

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
Afghanistan
and Iraq
Iraq
and combines Wright's first-person narrative with documentary footage and photographs.

Wright also plays the keyboard in the Austin, Texas
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

* 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
for The Looming Tower * 2006 New York Times bestseller for The Looming Tower * 2006 New York Times Notable Book of the Year for The Looming Tower * 2006 New York Times Best Books of the Year for The Looming Tower * 2006 IRE Award for The Looming Tower * 2006 National Book Award finalist for The Looming Tower * 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
finalist for The Looming Tower * 2006 Time magazine's Best Books of the Year for The Looming Tower * 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for The Looming Tower * 2007 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for The Looming Tower * 2007 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for The Looming Tower * 2007 Lionel Gelber Prize for The Looming Tower * 2007 Arthur Ross Book Award shortlist for The Looming Tower * 2007 PEN Center USA Literary Award (Research Nonfiction) for The Looming Tower * 2009 Newsweek
Newsweek
50 Books for Our Times for The Looming Tower * 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) shortlist for Going Clear * 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

BOOKS

* 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
Alfred A. Knopf
. 1993. ISBN 978-0-679-76163-1 . * Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory. Vintage Books. 1994. ISBN 978-0-679-75582-1 . * Twins: And What They Tell Us About Who We Are. John Wiley & Sons. 1997. ISBN 978-0-471-29644-7 . * God's Favorite: A Novel. Simon and Schuster. 2000. ISBN 978-0-684-86810-3 . * The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 . Alfred A. Knopf. 2006. ISBN 978-0-375-41486-2 . * Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief . Alfred A. Knopf. 2013. ISBN 978-0-307-70066-7 . * Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David. Alfred A. Knopf. 2014. ISBN 978-0-385-35203-1 . * The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State. Alfred A. Knopf. 2016. ISBN 978-0-385-35205-5 .

PLAYS

* Camp David (premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) in March 2014)

ARTICLES

* Wright, Lawrence (September 20, 2010). "The Talk
Talk
of the Town: Comment: Intolerance". The New Yorker
The New Yorker
. 86 (28): 47–48. Retrieved 21 December 2011. * Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "Reporting & Essays: Profiles: The Apostate, Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology". The New Yorker
The New Yorker
. Retrieved 2 January 2013.

REFERENCES

* ^ 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 of Scientology
Scientology
Coming in January". Knopf Publishers. * ^ A B C Mcgrath, Charles (3 January 2013). "Scientology Fascinates the Author
Author
Lawrence Wright". The New York Times. * ^ "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief: How Lawrence Wright
Lawrence Wright
Got it So Wrong". 2013-11-28. * ^ Church of Scientology
Scientology
International (2013-01-13). "Statement on Lawrence Wright’s book". Retrieved 2013-11-29. * ^ Church of Scientology
Scientology
International (2013). "How Lawrence Wright Got It So Wrong: A Correction of the Falsehoods in Lawrence Wright\'s Book on Scientology". Retrieved 2013-11-29. * ^ Amos, Deborah (2007-03-30). "Lawrence Wright\'s \'Trip to Al-Qaeda\'". National Public Radio. * ^ "Synopsis". HBO Documentaries: My Trip to Al-Qaeda. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. * ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing
Melville House Publishing
. Retrieved January 14, 2014. * ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.