Bin Laden: Behind the Mask of the Terrorist

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Arcade Publishing, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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Based on information provided by the bin Laden family, extensive independent research, and an insider's view developed during his current and longtime residence in the Middle East, the author brings a thorough knowledge of the region's politics and society to the story, and underscores the contradictions that make up the real Osama bin Laden.
 

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This is a very interesting book, detailing the biography of Osama Bin Laden (who needs no introduction).
I found the entire story of his growth – his august background, his earlier interests in life
, his moving to fundamental views, etc. very intriguing. The whole financial network he had built was really interesting; in fact, the whole “corporate” approach he used in strengthening his terror network is really shocking.
While I cannot comment on the accuracy of all the details, I certainly found the book very gripping – the pace and narration maintained a steady pace; also the details of people, entities, chronology of events, etc. were all quit remarkable.
Overall – strongly recommended.
 

Contents

Family Ties That Bind
11
The Manhattan of the Desert
17
National Politics Childhood Scars
33
Son of the Slave
49
Off the Rails
61
Alcohol and Redemption
73
Fighting for Islam
83
Birth of an Icon
103
International Merger and Expansion
185
Diversification of the Core Business
199
Smoke Screen
209
African Smoke Screen World Cup Soccer
217
Putting Atta to Sleep
233
The Presidents Nemesis
239
Tweaking the Nose of the Enemy
253
Preparing for War
265

Blowback
113
Homecoming of a Hero
121
Terrorism Inc
135
Establishing the Firm
155
Full Circle
167
One Day in the Sun
275
Epilogue
283
Index
289
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Page 308 - USAMA BIN LADEN IS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE AUGUST 7, 1998, BOMBINGS OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSIES IN DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, AND NAIROBI, KENYA. THESE ATTACKS KILLED OVER 200 PEOPLE. IN ADDITION, BIN LADEN IS A SUSPECT IN OTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

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About the author (2001)

Robinson is a writer and a journalist who has worked in the Middle East ofr ten years. He lives permanently in the Persian Gulf region.

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