Whether reviled as a terrorist and mass murderer or hailed as the champion of oppressed Muslims fighting injustice and humiliation, Bin Laden changed the course of history. Several memoirs, reminiscences, and commentaries about Bin laden have made their way into the public consciousness of the past decade following his death in 2011, and yet there exist no biography that chronicles Bin Laden’s life from birth to death.
Using a plethora of authoritative sources, including most importantly the words and writings of bin laden himself, as well as lengthy interviews, and documents written by those who grew up with bin laden in Saudi Arabia, served as his bodyguards, and fought alongside him against the soviets, this book provides a closely reason, authoritative biography of bin laden. It tracks bin Laden’s life from his Saudi childhood as the son of a remote but reveled and very wealthy contractor all the way to his place as one of the pivotal political figures of our time to the premature obituaries that contributed to his tragic death in Abbotttabad Pakistan. Unnerving not just because it lays out bin Laden’s genius in luring the U.S. into a financially ruinous “war on terrorism” but also because it shows a “pious, brave, intelligent, charismatic” man fully capable of leading an insurgent Muslim force against the West, a profile at odds with the more fanatical, marginalized figure often portrayed by mainstream media
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