He travelled to 12 countries, interviewed more than 600 people, and compiled about 82 legal pads—about 4,600 pages —of handwritten notes. He has met Osama bin Laden’s first wife, Najua. He has interviewed Osama’s second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri.
No wonder “The Looming Tower, Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” (Vintage paperback) won this year’s Pulitzer Prize, and no wonder Lawrence Wright is said to know more about the Al Qaeda leader than many operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency.
“I actually did wonder what I would do if I had the opportunity to interview bin Laden. Because, you know, am I a citizen or am I reporter?” He said. “It crossed my mind that if I had the opportunity to interview him, I really ought to just kill him.”
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