Lawrence Wright, a Fellow at the Center for Law and Security at New York University’s School of Law, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11(Alfred A. Knopf). The book tells the story of the Sept. 11 attacks through four principal characters: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, John O’Neill, former head of F.B.I. counterterrorism, and Prince Turki al-Faisal. The award was announced yesterday at Columbia University, which administers the annual awards.
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