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Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden

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On September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed forever. The twin towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down, one side of the Pentagon burst into flame, and more than six thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil. As shocking as it was, it had been long in the making: The assault was the most sophisticated and horrifying in a series of operations masterminded by Osama bin Laden and his Jihad group — an organization that CNN's terrorism analyst Peter Bergen calls Holy War, Inc.

One of only a handful of Western journalists to have interviewed the world's most wanted man face to face, Peter Bergen has produced the definitive book on the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy. In the course of four years of investigative reporting, he has interviewed scores of insiders — from bin Laden associates and family members to Taliban leaders to CIA officials — and traveled to Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom to learn the truth about bin Laden's al Queda organization and his mission.

Immense in scope and unnerving in its findings, Holy War, Inc. reveals:

  • How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells."
  • How his role in the crushing defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan made him a hero to Muslims all over the world — and equipped him to endure a long and bloody siege.
  • How the CIA ended up funding — to the tune of three billion dollars — radical, anti-American Afghan groups allied to bin Laden.
  • How the attacks that foreshadowed the destruction of the World Trade Center — among them the bombings of the American embassies in Africa and the warship USS Cole in Yemen — were planned and executed.
  • The dimensions of bin Laden's personal fortune, and why freezing his assets is both futile and nearly impossible.
  • The ideology of bin Laden's number two, the man who has influenced him most profoundly in his holy war — the Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri.
  • What we can expect from Islamist extremists in the future.

Above all, Peter Bergen helps us to see bin Laden's organization in a radically new light: as a veritable corporation that has exploited twenty-first-century communications and weapons technologies in the service of a medieval reading of the Koran and holy war. Holy War, Inc. is essential reading for anyone trying to understand tomorrow's terrorist threats and the militant Islamist movements that could determine the fate of governments — and human lives — the world over.

Both author and publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to United Way's September 11th Fund for the relief of victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

Review:

"Bergen has a fine eye for detail...Bergen frames several issues well that are now of some urgency to grasp." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The only book you need to read about bin Laden...Lively, literate and authoritative — equal parts journalism, history and...whimsical travelogue." Washington Post

Synopsis:

On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever as more than three thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. The attack was masterminded by Osama bin Laden and his Jihad group — an organization that CNN's terrorism analyst Peter Bergen calls Holy War, Inc. One of the few Western journalists to have interviewed bin Laden face-to-face, Bergen has produced the definitive book on the global Jihadist network, revealing: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells." andlt;BRandgt; How his role in the crushing defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan made him a hero to Muslims all over the world. andlt;BRandgt; How the bombings of the American embassies in Africa and the USS andlt;Iandgt;Coleandlt;/Iandgt; in Yemen were planned and executed. andlt;BRandgt; What we can expect from Islamic extremists in the future. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Above all, Peter Bergen helps us to see bin Laden's organization in a radically new light: as a corporation that has exploited modern technology and weaponry in the service of global terrorism and the destruction of the West. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Both author and publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to the International Committee of the Red Cross.andlt;/Bandgt;

About the Author

Currently serving as CNN's terrorism analyst, Peter L. Bergen's articles have appeared in The New Republic and Vanity Fair, among others. The recipient of numerous honors, including the Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship, Bergen is a fellow of the New America Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Contents

Note from the Author

Prologue

How to Find the World's Most Wanted Man

Chapter 1

While America Slept

Chapter 2

The Afghan Jihad: The Making of a Holy Warrior

Chapter 3

Blowback: The CIA and the Afghan War

Chapter 4

The Koran and the Kalashnikov: Bin Laden's Years in Sudan

Chapter 5

From the Peaks of the Hindu Kush: The Declaration of War

Chapter 6

Investigation and Retaliation: The Embassy Bombings

Chapter 7

The American Connection: From Brooklyn to Seattle

Chapter 8

True Believers: The Taliban and Bin Laden

Chapter 9

The Holy Warriors of Yemen: The Bombing of the U.S.S. Cole

Chapter 10

The Global Network: Around the World in Eighty Jihads

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743234955
Author:
Bergen, Peter L.
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Bergen, Peter L.
Author:
Bergen, Peter
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Jihad
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
General Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
issue 8
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
notes, map
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.52 oz

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Product details 320 pages Free Press - English 9780743234955 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bergen has a fine eye for detail...Bergen frames several issues well that are now of some urgency to grasp."
"Review" by , "The only book you need to read about bin Laden...Lively, literate and authoritative — equal parts journalism, history and...whimsical travelogue."
"Synopsis" by , On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever as more than three thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. The attack was masterminded by Osama bin Laden and his Jihad group — an organization that CNN's terrorism analyst Peter Bergen calls Holy War, Inc. One of the few Western journalists to have interviewed bin Laden face-to-face, Bergen has produced the definitive book on the global Jihadist network, revealing: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells." andlt;BRandgt; How his role in the crushing defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan made him a hero to Muslims all over the world. andlt;BRandgt; How the bombings of the American embassies in Africa and the USS andlt;Iandgt;Coleandlt;/Iandgt; in Yemen were planned and executed. andlt;BRandgt; What we can expect from Islamic extremists in the future. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Above all, Peter Bergen helps us to see bin Laden's organization in a radically new light: as a corporation that has exploited modern technology and weaponry in the service of global terrorism and the destruction of the West. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;Both author and publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to the International Committee of the Red Cross.andlt;/Bandgt;
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