With equal parts Spalding Gray and An Inconvenient Truth, My Trip to Al Qaeda chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power and explores Wright’s struggle to maintain his objectivity as a journalist writing about Islamic terror.
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"Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda will fade away, but others will follow.... To win this struggle, we must understand the human dimensions of terror. The fear and humiliation we felt following [9/11] led us into a dark corner of our own nature. That is a territory Al-Qaeda seeks to capture. It's a place where ideals and aspirations disappear. Al-Qaeda can't destroy America. Only we can do that to ourselves." - L. Wright