So, is it just one more book about a global ugliness?
No. Nothing Wright does is just "one more" anything.
Respected Kirkus Reviews declared of The Terror Years: "Wright displays his top-notch reporting in stories about a disintegrating Syria, the never-ending conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians, the faith-based beliefs that undergird al-Qaida and the Islamic State group and the massive failures of American intelligence agencies."
But, where do you start with this consistent producer of well-reported, skillfully written explanations and understanding of global threats and crises?
Start with journalism, a profession Wright has been practicing since the Civil Rights era in the South.
Here's a partial summary of his resume: "Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Looming Tower); screenwriter (The Siege with Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington), staff writer at The New Yorker; playwright; a Fellow at the Center for Law and Security at New York University School of Law, award-winning magazine writer and filmmaker – and, of course, keyboard player for the Austin-based blues collective WhoDo.
All that and a member of the Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame, too. (Class of 1965). He is the author of In the New World: Growing Up In America, 1960-1984, with a look back at Dallas and being at Woodrow during the Kennedy Era.
His one-man play My Trip to Al-Qaeda became a documentary film on HBO. Wright also wrote and performed the one-man show The Human Scale about the standoff between Israel and Hamas over the abduction of an Israeli soldier. And his play Camp David, about the Carter-Begin-Sadat summit, was a critical success.
He also co-produced the 2015 HBO documentary based on his Scientology book of the same name, Going Clear.
He is one of the executive producers of a dramatic television series for Hulu based on his book The Looming Tower. It stars Jeff Daniels and debuts in October.
Wright is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of American Historians. He's a 1969 Arts and Sciences graduate of Tulane University who lived in Cairo for two years where, as a contentious objector during the Vietnam War, he was taught English at American University.
The topics of his books have ranged from his American childhood to reporting on the foundations of terror to exploring the Church of Scientology. This variety enforces what he once described as "the rule of journalism: Talk to everybody."