A few words about book's author
Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, he has also written a novel, Gods Favorite, and was cowriter of the movie The Siege. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
Lawrence Wright is an author and screenwriter, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is a graduate of Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the American University in Cairo, where he taught English and received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics in 1969. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1971, Wright began his writing career at the Race Relations Reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. Two years later, he went to work for Southern Voices, a publication of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta, Georgia, and began to freelance for various national magazines. In 1980, Wright returned to Texas to work for Texas Monthly. He also became a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. In December, 1992, he joined the staff of The New Yorker. Wright has published six books: City Children, Country Summer (Scribner, 1979), In the New World: Growing Up with America, 1960-1984 (Knopf, 1988), Saints & Sinners (Knopf, 1993), Remembering Satan (Knopf, 1994), Twins: Genes, Environment, and the Mystery of Identity (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1997; Wiley & Sons, 1998), and Gods Favorite (Simon & Schuster, 2000). His history of Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower, was published by Knopf in August 2006. A portion of that book, The Man Behind Bin Laden, was published in The New Yorker and won the 2002 Overseas Press Clubs Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting. He has also won the National Magazine Award for Reporting as well as the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism. Wright is the co-writer (with Ed Zwick and Menno Meyjes) of The Siege, starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis and Annette Bening, which appeared in November 1998. He also wrote the script of the Showtime movie, Noriega: Gods Favorite, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Bob Hoskins, which aired in April 2000. Currently he is working on a script for MGM about John ONeill, the former head of the FBIs office of counterterrorism in New York, who died on 9/11. Wright is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as the keyboard player in the Austin-based blues band, Who Do. Biography courtesy of the authors official web site.
Good To Know
I play the keyboards in an Austin blues band, WhoDo, Wright told us in our interview. Ive found that playing music with friends is about the most fun a grownup can have. I didnt take up the piano until I was thirty-eight and a half because I wanted to play Great Balls of Fire on my fortieth birthday. I guess the point is that its never too late to acquire a new passion.