Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

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Macmillan, Dec 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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The New York Times calls GROWING UP BIN LADEN: "The most complete account available of the terrorist's immediate family." (May 15, 2011)


A true story that few ever believed would come to light, GROWING UP BIN LADEN uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden.


"I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams..."


Thus begins this powerful story as Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15 to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son tell an extraordinarily powerful story of a man hated by so many, yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father, including: - Osama's disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine- His plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water- Transporting his wives and children to the rough terrain of Sudan, where he claimed to be preparing them for attacks from western powers, commanding them to dig holes, and to sleep in those holes, allowing nothing more than sand and twigs for cover- Omar's horror at the rape and murder of a boy his own age, by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan. - What happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Omar's surprise phone call with his mother, who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the shattering events that killed so many innocent people

Since September 11, 2001, journalists have struggled to uncover carefully guarded information about Osama's private life. Until now, Osama Bin Laden's family members have not cooperated with any writers or journalists. Now, with unprecedented access and insight, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, takes us inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden.

 

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AMAZINGLY IMAGINARY!

User Review  - anagha - Flipkart

very well written..the secrets that are never revealed...pics of osama's family n more secrets..are there in this book.it is worth the money too. Read full review

Good Read

User Review  - Radhika - Flipkart

Ordered this book few days ago and doesnt feel like putting it down. A very interesting and engrossing one. It lets you look into the life of bin laden and his family members. It provides us with lot of information about how he looked at the world. A must read. Read full review

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Contents

My Youth
3
Married Life
12
Mother of Many Sons
31
Born the Son of Osama bin Laden
38
Marriage Surprises
49
Growing Up bin Laden
56
Moving to Medina
68
Many Children for Osama
74
The Violence Escalates
206
Real War
219
Jihad Vacation
226
True Terror
236
The Tightening Noose
250
Young Marriage
258
The Beginning of the End
262
To Syria
267

To Africa
91
Family Affairs
101
The Scent of Death
123
Journey into the Unknown
139
A Note Regarding Osama bin Ladens Political and Militant Activities
144
AFGHANISTAN
149
Tora Bora Mountain
157
A Far Far Country
180
My Fathers Army
192
Mountain Life
202
Return to Saudi Arabia
274
Leaving Afghanistan Forever
281
September 11 2001
284
Final Comments by Jean Sasson
287
Osama bin Ladens Family Who Were They? What Happened to Them?
291
Osama bin Laden Chronology
301
AlQaeda Chronology 19882008
315
Index
319
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

JEAN SASSON, a New York Times bestselling author, lived in the Middle East for 12 years and has traveled extensively in the area for 30 years. She lives in the Southern USA.


NAJWA BIN LADEN, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15, is his first wife and the mother to seven of his sons and four of his daughters. She currently lives with three of her eleven children in the Middle East.


OMAR BIN LADEN, the fourth son of Osama bin Laden, has publicly called for his father to "change his ways." Both Omar and his mother left Afghanistan before September 11, 2001, and neither has been in contact with Osama bin Laden since.

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