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Osama The Making Of A Terrorist (Paperback)

Author:  Jonathan Randal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375708235
ISBN-13: 9780375708237
Sku: 31193031
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.8T
Pages:  346
Age Range:  NA
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For days after September 11, 2001, I wondered if Osama bin Laden, along with the rest of the world, had watched the real-time footage of those fully fueled airliners, hijacked by suicidal pilots and their henchmen, as they rammed into the Pentagon and the twin towers of Manhattan's World Trade Center. (from the first line)
A former correspondent for the Washington Post takes a close-up look at the role of Osama bin Laden in the rise of Middle Eastern terrorism, detailing the violent collision between twenty-first-century Islam and the West, Osamas estrangement from the West and his Saudi background, his terrorist activities, and the inability of American intelligence to locate him. Reprint. 20,000 first printing. *Author: Randal, Jonathan *Series Title: Vintage *Subtitle: The Making Of A Terrorist *Publication Date: 2005/09/13 *Number of Pages: 346 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.80 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.50
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A former correspondent for the Washington Post takes a close-up look at the role of Osama bin Laden in the rise of Middle Eastern terrorism, detailing the violent collision between twenty-first-century Islam and the West, Osama's estrangement from the West and his Saudi background, his terrorist activities, and the inability of American intelligence to locate him. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.Examines the role of Osama bin Laden in the rise of Middle Eastern terrorism, detailing the violent collision between fundamentalist Islam and the West, Osama's estrangement from his Saudi background, and his terrorist activities.
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A journalist with over four decades' experience reporting on the Middle East explores the rich mixture of factors that went into making Osama bin Laden a terrorist and a leader of al Qaeda. Born to a wealthy father and educated in the West, Osama witnessed big changes in Iraq brought about by Khomeini's rise to power in the 1970s. He was influenced by the rise of the Wahhabi sect and by the lesser-known Muslim Brotherhood, and his relations with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were often difficult ones. What shaped his grudge against the West? And is it really true that the United States, by pouring in military and financial support to anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan, was instrumental in building him up, only to become his biggest enemy and target? Randal's study, which is more than a biography, recounts the recent history of the region and traces the movement across the borders of that region by a man funded by his family and supported by a growing, loyal following. Randal traces the pre- and post-9/11 actions of the United States, especially the military actions in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, and analyzes how they have impacted on the image of bin Laden there and worldwide. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.

Praise

New York Times
"[D]oes a nimble and often highly compelling job of leading the reader through the labyrinth of information and speculation about Al Qaeda and the broader jihadi movement...." - Michiko Kakutani 08/20/2004

Publishers Weekly
"Randal's writing is lively and rich, and he conveys complicated developments with ease and often grace." 07/12/2004

New York Times Book Review
"[M]eticulous....This is the biography of a hatred: deep, detailed, and very depressing." - Ben MacIntyre 10/03/2004

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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