||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.
||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.
||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.
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||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.