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Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009
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Their description of Osama's journey from devout Muslim to a jihadist is fascinating.
Their "take" on the reasons why Osama came to hate the West, particularly Americans and the British, is ---again---fascinating.
Furthermore, the main reason (according to them) that he plotted, planned and committed the acts that led to 9-11 are, if they are true, shocking and seem to involve his feelings of personal betrayal by the Saudi royal family regarding certain events of the First Gulf War.
The book starts off a bit slowly but catches up speed quickly and now I want re-read it and try to absorb more details.
Sasson was the first major writer to open up the veiled life of Saudi women in her blockbuster, "Princess." Many critics, including the illustrious Christopher Hitchens, dismissed it as over-written and false. Then, after the Gulf War, we found out that Sasson was right. Now she takes us into the family life of Osama bin Laden. This is an important book. If we think of bin Laden as a one-dimensional monster, we will never understand him. He's an enemy of democracy and western liberalism, but we'll never prevail over him and his followers if we remain ignorant of all aspects of his life.
This is the most fascinating book I've read in a long, long while.
As the stories told by Nawja and Omar unfolded I could easily picture the lives they lived and was touched by their loyalty to Osama bin Laden. But I was so deeply shocked when Osama told Omar and his brothers that they meant no more to him than any other Afghani, that even now there lingers an ache for them. Maybe one day Ms Sasson will interview Osama and get his side of the story!
This is an easy, informative and interesting read. Although the events are harrowing at times Nawja and Omar hold onto their hope until the very end when they are forced to accept reality.
I bought three copies of this book. My first after reading I gave to a friend. The second for my Kindle. The third to a friend who had worked for the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia
I wish Omar and his mother peace in the heart.I believe readers cannot remain untouched by the story of the unfolding of Osama's life and the choices he made in the name of JUSTICE.Again thank you for all who made this book available to all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well written story that will stick with you. Very interesting perspective and insight. Interesting account Highly recommendPublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great and interesting read about how little Osama bin Ladens family knew of his intentions and how different their own hearts were...only wanting peace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lianna Howell
An interesting read. Keeps you intrigued as you want to know more about one of the most dreaded man of all times.Published 3 months ago by Nishant Sharma
It a good book. I found it to be a deeper read than most books, but I learned a lot about their way of life and a bit of history from another side. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer