The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 20, 2006 - Political Science - 480 pages
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The Osama bin Laden I Know is an unprecedented oral history of Osama bin Laden's rise to revered leader of al Qaeda.
Peter Bergen takes the reader onto the battlefields of Afghanistan as bin Laden goes from a shy, quiet teen to a leader; he brings you into Osama's intimate family life as he lives under the radar in Sudan, then Afghanistan; he puts you right in the room for al Qaeda's very first meeting; and he uses eyewitness accounts to relate what bin Laden said, and thought on 9/11 as he watched the twin towers fall.
Derived from Bergen's interviews with more than 50 people who know bin Laden personally, from his highschool teacher to an early al Qaeda member who later became a US informant, The Osama bin Laden I Know recounts individual experiences with the man who has declared the US, and its allies, his greatest enemies.

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Review: The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader

User Review  - Marshal Mdeza - Goodreads

They say if you want to know about a man, study his friends; this is an account of Bin Laden as told by people that in one way or the other surrounded the man of terror. It is intriguing to not that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Ross - Goodreads

A great read and a must read to understand the mind of Osama Bin-Laden and why he turned against the United States of America. Read full review


to Tora Bora
Al Qaedas Quest for Weapons
Story of Abu Musab al Zarqawi
Appendix A Where Are They Now?
The BinLadin Family Business

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About the author (2006)

Peter Bergen is the author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama Bin Laden I Know, both named among the best nonfiction books of the year by The Washington Post. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television, Discovery, and CNN. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, among other publications.

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