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National Book Award nominations announced

National Book Award nominations announced

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Rachel Kushner's "The Flamethrowers" and Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Lowland" are among the finalists for the U.S. National Book Award for fiction.

Nelson gets statue on 4/20 at 4:20 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas, April 22 (UPI) -- A group presented a statue to "Red Headed Stranger," Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas, on a counterculture holiday -- coincidentally, the group's president said.

Analysis: Al-Qaida 'defensive' on ideology

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida leaders are adopting a more defensive tone in their public pronouncements, indicating they may be concerned that criticism from former allies and the increasing civilian death toll from their attacks are undermining their support, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- The winners of the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced at UCLA, with the Robert Kirsch award going to William Kittredge.

Expert: Poor intelligence hurts terror war

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The White House's failure to kill Osama bin Laden stems from second-rate intelligence going back to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, a security specialist says.

COL BKB: Bradley 72, Pittsburgh 66

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 19 (UPI) -- Patrick O'Bryant scored 28 points Sunday as Bradley upset Pittsburgh, 72-66, in the Oakland Bracket of the NCAA Tournament.

Jim Thorpe Award Winners

Jim Thorpe Award winners
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Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in Egypt.

Wright is the author of six books, but is best known for his 2006 book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. A quick bestseller, The Looming Tower was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and is frequently referenced by media pundits (including radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt) as an excellent source of background information on Al Qaeda and the September 11 attacks. The book's title is a phrase from the Quran: "Wherever you are, death will find you, even in the looming tower," which Osama bin Laden quoted three times in a videotaped speech seen as directed to the 9/11 hijackers.

Among Wright's other books is Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory (1994), about the Paul Ingram false memory case. On June 7, 1996, Wright testified at Ingram's pardon hearing.

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