Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. His movie Super Size Me is one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time and earned him an Oscar® nomination, as well as the Best Director prizes at the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals. He has also produced documentary films, including What Would Jesus Buy? and the acclaimed television show 30 Days, which is in its third season. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Alex.
Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?by Morgan Spurlock
Academy Award®—nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is a jittery father-to-be with a simple question: If OBL is behind 9/11 and all the ensuing worldwide chaos, then why can’t we just catch him? And furthermore, why is his message so compelling to so many people? So the intrepid Spurlock kisses his anxious, pregnant wife goodbye and–armed with a complete lack of knowledge, experience, or expertise–sets out to make the world safe for infantkind and find the most wanted man on earth.
After boning up on his basic knowledge of OBL, Islam, and the Global War on Terror, he hits the Osama trail. He zigzags the globe, drawing ever closer to the heart of darkness near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where OBL is rumored to be hiding. Along the way he interviews imams and princes, refugees and soldiers, academics and terrorists. He visits European ghettos where youth aspire to global jihad, breaks the Ramadan fast with Muslims in Cairo, and rides in the bomb squad van in Tel Aviv. And then the fun really starts.
Companion to the acclaimed documentary, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? delves even deeper than the film. What listeners come away with is possibly the first-ever funny book about terrorism, as well as a greater understanding of a conflict that has cast a shadow across America and the world.
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IN HELL. Would his punishment be to be beaten by the 3000 who died?
A young American documentary film-maker decides to find out what all the fuss is about global terrorism and religious fanaticism. Who better to ask than Mr. bin Laden himself ? So, he decides to go look for him. He doesn't find him, but in the end, he is much sadder, but also definitely much wiser.
He travels from the U.K. to France, from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, speaks to hundreds of people from all walks of life, who represent scores of cultures and a multitude of religions. Mr. Spurlock presents a very even-handed account of the rise of religious extremism and international terrorism. He looks at the causes that make ordinary people into killers of innocent people, he examines the role of developed countries in inadvertently fanning the resentment, he and he tries to figure out what measures should be taken to bring the world back from the edge of the abyss where it is tottering at the moment.
This is a book which presents the present-day socio-political climate without resorting to any jargon. It is one man's attempt to understand how the world has become such a dangerous place in the space of a few decades, and his resulting narrative is also an impassioned appeal for humanizing the enemy, for improving the quality of life of millions of people who struggle just to put food on their tables every day, and the need to use the modern communications we have at our disposal to educate people all over the world.
I am not a current-affairs buff, but, even so, I enjoyed Mr. Spurlock's reasonable tone, his genuine effort to stay open-minded, and his honest attempt at looking at the world through the eyes of people driven to the extreme, who have gone off the deep end, and resorted to murder and mayhem in order to achieve their objectives. A must read for anybody.
I was a little skeptical trying to wrap my mind around a comedic book about terrorism but somehow Morgan Spurlock makes it work. The humor is often pointed at the misconceptions of any number of populations: Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Taliban.
I found the book truly informative and often surprising. A wonderful read.