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The rise and rise of the Bin Laden family is one of the great stories of the twentieth century; its repercussions have already deeply marked the twenty-first. Until now, however, it is a story that has never been fully told, as the Bin Ladens have successfully fended off attempts to understand the family circles from which Osama sprang. In this the family has been abetted by the kingdom it calls home, Saudi Arabia, one of the most closed societies on earth.

Steve Coll’s The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century is the groundbreaking history of a family and its fortune. It chronicles a young illiterate Yemeni bricklayer, Mohamed Bin Laden, who went to the new, oil-rich country of Saudi Arabia and quickly became a vital figure in its development, building great mosques and highways and making himself and many of his children millionaires. It is also a story of the Saudi royal family, whom the Bin Ladens served loyally and without whose capricious favor they would have been nothing. And it is a story of tensions and contradictions in a country founded on extreme religious purity, which then became awash in oil money and dazzled by the temptations of the West. In only two generations the Bin Ladens moved from a famine- stricken desert canyon to luxury jets, yachts, and private compounds around the world, even going into business with Hollywood celebrities. These religious and cultural gyrations resulted in everything from enthusiasm for America—exemplified by Osama’s free-living pilot brother Salem—to an overwhelming determination to destroy it.

The Bin Ladens is a meticulously researched, colorful, shocking, entertaining, and disturbing narrative of global integration and its limitations. It encapsulates the unsettling contradictions of globalization in the story of a single family who has used money, mobility, and technology to dramatically varied ends.

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An andldquo;extraordinaryandrdquo; and andldquo;monumentalandrdquo; exposandeacute; of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steveand#160;Coll (The Washington Post)

In this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobilandmdash;the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United Statesandmdash;Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power. Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporationandrsquo;s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globeandmdash;featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlinandmdash;and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, including corporate legend Lee andldquo;Iron Assandrdquo; Raymond, ExxonMobilandrsquo;s chief executive until 2005. A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

Synopsis:

An andldquo;extraordinaryandrdquo; and andldquo;monumentalandrdquo; exposandeacute; of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steveand#160;Coll (The Washington Post)

In this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobilandmdash;the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United Statesandmdash;Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power. Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporationandrsquo;s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globeandmdash;featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlinandmdash;and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, including corporate legend Lee andldquo;Iron Assandrdquo; Raymond, ExxonMobilandrsquo;s chief executive until 2005. A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

About the Author

STEVE COLL is most recently the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens. He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer for the New Yorker. Previously he worked for twenty years at the Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Principal Characters

Prologue: Accounts Receivable - September 1996

Part One: Blood Brothers - November 1979 to February 1989

1. andldquo;Weandrsquo;re Going to Die Here

2. andldquo;Lenin Taught Usandrdquo;

3. andldquo;Go Raise Hellandrdquo;

4. andldquo;I Loved Osamaandrdquo;

5. andldquo;Donandrsquo;t Make It Our Warandrdquo;

6. andldquo;Who Is This Massoud?andrdquo;

7. andldquo;The Terrorists Will Own the Worldandrdquo;

8. andldquo;Inshallah, You Will Know My Plansandrdquo;

9. andldquo;We Wonandrdquo;

Part Two: The One-Eyed Man Was King - March 1989 to December 1997

10. andldquo;Serious Risksandrdquo;

11. andldquo;A Rogue Elephantandrdquo;

12. andldquo;We Are in Dangerandrdquo;

13. andldquo;A Friend of Your Enemyandrdquo;

14. andldquo;Maintain a Prudent Distanceandrdquo;

15. andldquo;A New Generationandrdquo;

16. andldquo;Slowly, Slowly Sucked into Itandrdquo;

17. andldquo;Dangling the Carrotandrdquo;

18. andldquo;We Couldnandrsquo;t Indict Himandrdquo;

19. andldquo;Weandrsquo;re Keeping These Stingersandrdquo;

20. andldquo;Does America Need the CIA?andrdquo;

Part Three: The Distant Enemy - January 1998 to September 10, 2001

21. andldquo;You Are to Capture Him Aliveandrdquo;

22. andldquo;The Kingdomandrsquo;s Interestsandrdquo;

23. andldquo;We Are at Warandrdquo;

24. andldquo;Letandrsquo;s Just Blow the Thing Upandrdquo;

25. andldquo;The Manson Familyandrdquo;

26. andldquo;That Unit Disappearedandrdquo;

27. andldquo;You Crazy White Guysandrdquo;

28. andldquo;Is There Any Policy?andrdquo;

29. andldquo;Daring Me to Kill Themandrdquo;

30. andldquo;What Face Will Omar Show to God?andrdquo;

31. andldquo;Many Americans Are Going to Dieandrdquo;

32. andldquo;What an Unlucky Countryandrdquo;

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143123545
Author:
Coll, Steve
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Asia - Southwest
Subject:
business, business plans
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w images throughout
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.58 x 0.84 in 0.64 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
An andldquo;extraordinaryandrdquo; and andldquo;monumentalandrdquo; exposandeacute; of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steveand#160;Coll (The Washington Post)

In this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobilandmdash;the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United Statesandmdash;Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power. Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporationandrsquo;s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globeandmdash;featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlinandmdash;and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, including corporate legend Lee andldquo;Iron Assandrdquo; Raymond, ExxonMobilandrsquo;s chief executive until 2005. A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

"Synopsis" by ,
An andldquo;extraordinaryandrdquo; and andldquo;monumentalandrdquo; exposandeacute; of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steveand#160;Coll (The Washington Post)

In this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobilandmdash;the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United Statesandmdash;Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power. Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporationandrsquo;s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globeandmdash;featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlinandmdash;and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, including corporate legend Lee andldquo;Iron Assandrdquo; Raymond, ExxonMobilandrsquo;s chief executive until 2005. A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

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