Stranger Than Fiction

The tragic fate of FBI agent John O’Neill is one of the many ironies in the mythical set of events culminating in September 11, 2001. Reading Lawrence Wright’s gorgeous book “The Looming Tower” which also includes a detailed account of O’Neill’s hapless fight against Al-Qaeda, I am struck by the power and significance of its story.

No wonder the fall of the Twin Towers has triggered so many conspiracy theories. There is already so much plot and meaning in the whole affair, with heroes, villains and a lot of moral twilight in between, that you might simply be tempted to connect everything into an even denser web of theatrical action.

Wright’s book is a healthy antidote, though. It is so thoroughly researched, plausible and well-written that in the end one is satisfied with the account one gets. And curious to fill in even more details.