Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He has also written for Rolling Stone and Southern Voices, a publication of the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta. His history of Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006), spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was translated into 25 languages. The book was nominated for the National Book Award and won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Wright’s one-man play, My Trip to al-Qaeda, was made into a documentary film and aired on HBO. Wright’s seventh book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (Knopf 2013), is based on a profile he wrote of the writer-director Paul Haggis in the New Yorker that won the National Magazine Award in 2012.

Stories

Rex Cauble and the Cowboy Mafia

The Denton millionaire hated drugs and liked cops. He also like Muscles Foster, a footloose cowboy who was one of Texas’ biggest drug runners.

I, Claus

Better not shout, cry, or pout, ‘cause we’re telling you why, after all these years, Santa Claus is still coming to town.

Home Sweet Home, Good-bye

And hello to high prices, high interest rates, high rents, and
a new low for the American dream.

Home Sweet Home, Good-bye

And hello to high prices, high interest rates, high rents, and
a new low for the American dream.

Shades of Gray

Thomas Thompson won his Blood and Money libel suit, but the trial left one question unanswered: how much of his imagination is a nonfiction writer allowed to use?

Shades of Gray

Thomas Thompson won his Blood and Money libel suit, but the trial left one question unanswered: how much of his imagination is a nonfiction writer allowed to use?

Space Cadet

Astronauts used to be dashing pilots. Now they’re doctors, scientists, and...sanitary engineers.

Space Cadet

Astronauts used to be dashing pilots. Now they’re doctors, scientists, and...sanitary engineers.

Easy Street

Houston’s black elite have come a very long way to live in MacGregor Way, the swankiest black neighborhood in Texas, but they still don’t feel safe.

Easy Street

Houston’s black elite have come a very long way to live in MacGregor Way, the swankiest black neighborhood in Texas, but they still don’t feel safe.

Three Feet Six, Blue Tights, Red Cape

Forget firemen and cowboys, Today’s kid wants to be a superhero.

Three Feet Six, Blue Tights, Red Cape

Forget firemen and cowboys, Today’s kid wants to be a superhero.

Texas, A Long, Long, Long, Long, Time Ago

When armadillos weighed three tons and the long horns were on dinosaurs.

Texas, A Long, Long, Long, Long, Time Ago

When armadillos weighed three tons and the long horns were on dinosaurs.

Why Do They Hate Us So Much?

A great man was dead and an outraged world desperately wanted someplace to lay blame. It chose Dallas and changed the city forever.

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