Naval War College Review


David L. Teska


Lawrence Wright has provided the mili- tary professional an excellent primer into the world of those who see the United States as a threat. The Arab world remains little understood by most Americans. It takes Wright nearly five hundred pages to lay out the com- plex tale of modern Islamic fundamen- talism. It is no surprise that Osama Bin Laden is a key player, and Wright gives him center stage. Bin Laden is the son of a wealthy Yemeni who through grit and hard work earned the favor of the ruling family in Saudi Arabia for bold- ness in civil engineering projects that helped Saudi Arabia advance into the twentieth century.