/ The Looming Tower
Just in case anyone needed a box set to view, I can recommend this. I had taped it when it was on but only just got around to watching.
The interrogation scenes are a bit shit, it's all a bit too easy, but other than that it worth a watch.
It's also quite informative how the US agencies "work" and the politics behind some decisions. A lot of people don't come out of it too well.
Also some stuff I didn't know about, but have checked and read up on since.
Wright's original book was excellent, particularly considering when it was written. I watched the TV version on Amazon earlier this year, but I don't think I watched to the last couple of episodes - might go back and finish it, but overall I'd say read the book over watch the series.
> Wright's original book was excellent, particularly considering when it was written. I watched the TV version on Amazon earlier this year, but I don't think I watched to the last couple of episodes - might go back and finish it, but overall I'd say read the book over watch the series.
The books are usually better, but I never have time to read a book. I'd like to read Ali Soufan's books but I already have stack of other books to plough through first.
By the end of it I was liking the Saarsgard character better than that of Jeff Daniels.
> By the end of it I was liking the Saarsgard character better than that of Jeff Daniels.
Come on Tom, really? you've surprised me
I don't expect I would say that about the real life characters from what I've read about them but as far as the drama goes I thought O'Neill was an arrogant cock-happy boor whereas the slightly geeky Alec station boss , while not actually being likeable, was more my type of person.
Brilliant ,well acted series!
What I found most disappointing was that if the agencies had worked together more, there may have been a chance of foiling the attacks.
I thought the big take-away of the series was the CIA and FBI were at the time incapable of working properly together, due to conflicing missions and that everything was subservient to the main US political agenda (especially at the end, where team Bush were initially too distracted from the risk, and then after, they cynically deflected away from the collective guilt of their allied Saudis and turned anger on Iraq). If the US had stopped this particular terrible terrorist attack, another would probably have happened given the disfunctional structures of the time.
Lake District-based runner Kim Collison has set a new speed record on the Bob Graham Round in winter. Kim completed the round in just 15 hours 47 minutes, knocking a big chunk from the previous fastest winter time of 18:18 set by Jim Mann in 2013.