Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lawrence Wright's six favorite books

Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

His books include The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, and most recently, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.

One of his six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Levels of the Game by John McPhee

No journalist of my generation can ignore the influence of McPhee, the great structuralist. He famously profiled Atlantic City using the Monopoly board as his template. In this book, he writes about tennis legends Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner as they play a semifinal match at the 1968 U.S. Open, but he manages to make it about two Americas, one white and one black.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue