Lawrence Wright

  • Contagion

    Lawrence Wright

    En Asie, 47 personnes succombent à une fièvre mystérieuse. Envoyé sur place par l'OMS, Henry Parsons, épidémiologiste de renom, découvre à quel point le virus est contagieux. Lorsqu'il apprend qu'un homme contaminé est en route vers La Mecque, où des millions de musulmans vont être rassemblés pour le pèlerinage annuel, c'est le début d'une course contre la montre pour enrayer l'épidémie. Mais, en quelques semaines seulement, le monde entier est touché et sombre dans une crise sans précédent. La maladie se propage, mettant à mal les institutions scientifiques, religieuses et politiques, et décimant une partie de la population. Trouvera-t-on la solution à temps ?

    Électrisant, hallucinant et, en un sens, historique, ce thriller hors norme, qui rappelle les meilleurs ouvrages de Michael Crichton, nous propose une expérience peu commune. Conçu comme un roman d'anticipation, il a cessé d'en être un au moment même de sa parution, prenant ainsi une étrange allure prophétique. En plus d'une intrigue d'une efficacité et d'un réalisme saisissants, Lawrence Wright, prix Pulitzer, nous offre ici une exploration fascinante des épidémies, de leur histoire et de leur prévention. Ridley Scott travaille actuellement à l'adaptation cinématographique de Contagion.

  • The end of october

    Lawrence Wright

    An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.' New York Post 'Eerily prescient. Too bad our leaders lack his foresight.' The New York Times In this riveting thriller, Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

    At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons - microbiologist, epidemiologist - travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca.

    As international tensions rise and governments enforce unprecedented measures, Henry finds himself in a race against time to track the source and find a cure - before it's too late . . .

    *** 'Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . . . A disturbing, eerily timed novel.' Kirkus Reviews 'A compelling read up to the last sentence. Wright has come up with a story worthy of Michael Crichton. In an eerily calm, matter-of-fact way, and backed by meticulous research, he imagines what the world would actually be like in the grip of a devastating new virus.' Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone 'This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre.' Publishers Weekly

  • National Book Award FinalistA Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of alQaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright recreates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman alZawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John Oyes'>#8217;Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from alQaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • " Comment en est-on arrivé là ? " Un récit passionnant qui retrace tous les antécédents de l'attentat contre le World Trade Center sous un angle inédit.
    Consacrant seulement un assez bref passage à l'attentat proprement dit, déjà abondamment traité ailleurs et dont les images ont été vues à satiété, le livre s'attache plutôt à mettre en évidence l'articulation des faits avec une précision inouïe. Lawrence Wright débrouille peu à peu l'écheveau d'idéologie antioccidentale, d'antisionisme, de radicalisation croissante de l'islamisme depuis 1948 jusqu'à aujourd'hui, dont les fils se rejoignent entre les mains du personnage clé de l'ouvrage : Oussama Ben Laden.
    De Qutb, le père du fondamentalisme islamique, à Ben Laden, chaque pièce prend sa place dans le puzzle dont les origines remontent à 1948, au moment de la création de l'État hébreu... Des faits et des portraits présentés de façon approfondie et jamais univoque.
    Al-Zawahiri, le cheik Omar, auteur du premier attentat contre le World Trade Center, le mollah Omar, chef des talibans et d'autres encore. Un second fil vient peu à peu s'imbriquer avec ce récit : les tentatives des services secrets américains pour percer le mystère d'Al-Qaïda et essayer de comprendre ce qui se trame. Lawrence Wright montre remarquablement bien comment les conflits d'intérêts entre CIA et FBI ont conduit à une rétention d'informations aux conséquences meurtrières.
    Nominé pour le prestigieux National Book Awards, ce livre, considéré comme une oeuvre majeure du journalisme, s'est vendu à 175 000 exemplaires aux États-Unis. Résultat d'un travail de plusieurs années, il a figuré plusieurs mois en tête des listes de best-sellers américaines. Les droits ont été cédés dans quatorze pays.
    À la différence d'autres ouvrages du même genre, il consacre une part importante au côté humain, personnel, presque intime des personnages. Écrit dans un style très vivant, il est construit selon une trame essentiellement chronologique qui en rend la lecture attrayante. Fondé sur un nombre impressionnant d'interviews réalisées par l'auteur avec différents intervenants associées à une connaissance profonde de la structure sociale des pays arabes et à un excellent sens du récit, il aide à comprendre avec subtilité et nuances les enjeux d'un conflit qui n'est toujours pas réglé.

  • We first meet Larry Wright in 1960. He is thirteen and moving with his family to Dallas, the essential city of the New World just beginning to rise across the southern rim of the United States. As we follow him through the next two decades--the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the devastating assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the sexual revolution, the crisis of Watergate, and the emergence of Ronald Reagan--we relive the pivotal and shocking events of those crowded years.
    Lawrence Wright has written the autobiography of a generation, giving back to us with stunning force the feelings of those turbulent times when the euphoria of Kennedys America would come to its shocking end. Filled with compassion and insight, In the New World is both the intimate tale of one mans coming-of-age, and a universal story of the American experience of two crucial decades.

  • A dramatic, illuminating day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty--the first treaty in the modern Middle East, and one which endures to this day.
    With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations, explaining the relevant background to the conflict and to all the major participants at the conference, from the three heads of state to their mostly well-known seconds working furiously behind the scenes. What emerges is not what we've come to think of as an unprecedented yet "simple" peace. Rather, Wright reveals the full extent of Carter's persistence in pushing peace forward, the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference--many of them lifelong enemies--attained it, and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome, not the least of which has been the still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Thirteen Days in September, Wright gives us a gripping work of history and reportage that provides an inside view of how peace is made.

  • With the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. Here, in ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, he recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS. The Terror Years draws on several articles he wrote while researching The Looming Tower, as well as many that he’s written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread. They include a portrait of the “man behind bin Laden,” Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the tumultuous Egypt he helped spawn; an indelible impression of Saudi Arabia, a kingdom of silence under the control of the religious police; the Syrian film industry, at the time compliant at the edges but already exuding a feeling of the barely masked fury that erupted into civil war; the 2006–11 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, a study in the disparate value of human lives. Other chapters examine al-Qaeda as it forms a master plan for its future, experiences a rebellion from within the organization, and spins off a growing web of worldwide terror. The American response is covered in profiles of two FBI agents and the head of the intelligence community. The book ends with a devastating piece about the capture and slaying by ISIS of four American journalists and aid workers, and our government’s failed response. On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, The Terror Years is at once a unifying recollection of the roots of contemporary Middle Eastern terrorism, a study of how it has grown and metastasized, and, in the scary and moving epilogue, a cautionary tale of where terrorism might take us yet. From the Hardcover edition.

  • Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS. With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cult-like beliefs have morphed and spread. They include an indelible impression of Saudi Arabia, a kingdom of silence under the control of the religious police; the Syrian film industry, then compliant at the edges but already exuding a feeling of the barely masked fury that erupted into civil war; the 2006-11 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, a study in disparate values of human lives. Others continue to look into al-Qaeda as it forms a master plan for its future, experiences a rebellion from within the organization, and spins off a growing web of terror in the world. The American response is covered in profiles of two FBI agents and a chief of the CIA. It ends with the recent devastating piece about the capture and beheading by ISIS of four American journalists and aid workers, and how the US government failed to handle the situation.

  • Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the tragedies.

  • Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities.

  • Fruit d'une enquête menée à partir de plus de 200 entretiens avec des membres de l'Église de scientologie et d'un long travail sur les archives, ce livre est une démonstration brillante du talent de Lawrence Wright, lauréat du prix Pulitzer. Au coeur du livre, deux personnages principaux : le très inquiétant mais brillant auteur de science-fi ction L. Ron Hubbard dont l'imagination bouillonnante a accouché d'une nouvelle religion et son successeur, David Miscavige, une homme rude et déterminé qui eut la lourde tâche de poursuivre son oeuvre. Le lecteur découvre comment l'Église parvint à recruter des « célébrités » comme Tom Cruise et John Travolta, comment elle s'en est servie et son rapport très étroit avec Hollywood. Une étude impartiale et défi nitive sur l'essence même de la Scientologie.

  • Un jumeau est-il toujours identique à son jumeau ? Ont-ils nécessairement la même forme et le même degré d'intelligence ? Comment expliquer qu'ils partagent les mêmes goûts vestimentaires ou les mêmes peurs, quand ils sont élevés séparément ? Le développement de leur personnalité est-il génétiquement prédéterminé ? À travers une foule d'histoires pittoresques, Lawrence Wright fait le point sur les recherches scientifiques les plus avancées en matière de gémellité. Son enquête nous permet ainsi de mieux saisir la part de libre arbitre laissée à chacun d'entre nous et de comprendre les véritables fondements de l'identité individuelle : comment devenons-nous ce que nous sommes ? Sommes-nous libres de décider de ce que nous ferons de notre vie ? Lawrence Wright a reçu le National Magazine Award for Reporting pour cette enquête scientifique. Journaliste au New Yorker, il est aussi l'auteur de plusieurs essais.

  • National Book Award FinalistA Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of alQaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright recreates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman alZawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John Oyes'>#8217;Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from alQaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaedas 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
    At the books center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige--tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.
    We learn about Scientologys complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the churchs goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the churchs clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
    In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, undrstanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

  • This book is a succinct introduction to the orienting of attention. Richard Wright and Lawrence Ward describe the covert orienting literature clearly and concisely, illustrating it with numerous high-quality images, specifically designed to make the challenging theoretical concepts very accessible. The book begins with an historical introduction that provides a great deal of information about orienting, much of which will be new even to seasoned researchers. Wright and Ward then systematically describe the development of various experimental paradigms that have been devised to study covert orienting, and the theoretical issues raised by this research. One trend that they analyze in detail is the progression from relatively simple models of spatial attention (attention spotlight and zoom lens models) to an integrative computational framework based on a concept called the activity distribution. They also present a comprehensive survey of cognitive neuroscience research on the brain mechanisms underlying spatial attention shifts, as well as a chapter summarizing recent research on crossmodal attention shifts, and elucidating the links between attention orienting in the visual, auditory, and tactile domains. In the Epilogue they offer a concise summary of the book, and develop preliminary frameworks for understanding the relationship between spatial attention and orienting in response to social cues (social cognitive neuroscience) and for describing the evolution of covert orienting. Orienting of Attention provides a systematic survey that is ideal for those looking for an accessible introduction to the field and also for students and researchers who want a state-of the-art overview.

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