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History's Villains - Osama bin Laden Hardcover – November 26, 2003

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Grade 5-8-Drawing from an array of print and Internet sources, Loehfelm traces his subject's early life and radicalization and the rise of his public influence on a susceptible minority of Muslims. Bin Laden's ability to inspire fanatical loyalty in his followers is the theme here, and few readers are likely to sleep easily in the wake of the author's blanket claim that al-Qaeda is an organization whose "members, of which there are thousands, will readily and enthusiastically lay down their lives for him." Loehfelm also baldly states that bin Laden "masterminded" and "orchestrated" the September 11th attacks, though the publicly released evidence for that is, so far, indirect or after the fact. Still, despite drab black-and-white photos, several of which are semi-relevant at best, this book is a coherent study of bin Laden's career, methods, and stated beliefs. Readers wishing to study the Muslim world's historical background, or to stay current on the war against terrorism, will find helpful citations in the appended notes and reading lists.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Reviewed with Scott Ingram's Kim Il Sung.

Gr. 6-12. These informative biographies from the History's Villains series offer readers good overviews of the lives of two notorious men, including the personal and historical developments that prompted them to follow paths of ruthless violence. The biography of Osama bin Laden begins with his youth and goes on to discusses his wealthy family, education, immersion in the study of Islam, and the many factors that led him to militancy, terrorism, and his leadership of al-Qaeda, ending with bin Laden, as of June 2003, still at large. The profile of the late North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung traces his early years, his rise to power as the brutal first leader of North Korea, and the disastrous war he waged against South Korea in his ill-fated attempt to unify the peninsula. Both books feature black-and-white photographs with informative captions. Appendixes include a chronology, a glossary, source notes, and suggestions for further research. Clearly written and well organized, these will serve as good introductions to their respective subjects. Ed Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: History's Villains
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Blackbirch Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567117600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567117608
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,980,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill Loehfelm is the author of four novels, most recently, THE DEVIL IN HER WAY, the next Maureen Coughlin adventure and Bill's first New Orleans-set novel, from Sarah Crichton Books/FSG. Meet Maureen for the first time in THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS (2011), available now as a Picador paperback.

Bill's first two novels are, FRESH KILLS, winner of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and BLOODROOT (2009). Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island, he moved to New Orleans in 1997 where he now lives with his wife, AC Lambeth, a writer and yoga instructor. Loehfelm's work about post-Katrina New Orleans has also appeared in the NOLAfugees Press anthologies YEAR ZERO, LIFE IN THE WAKE, and SOUL IS BULLETPROOF. His work has also appeared in Akashic's STATEN ISLAND NOIR, and in the anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. Find out more at www.billloehfelm.tumblr.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Mcdonald on March 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bill Loehflem does a good job following the life of the evil Osama bin Laden from his teenage years to the Fall of 2002. In a book less then 100 pages, Loehflem in his introduction tells how a 44 year old Saudi exile caugt the worlds attention by orchestrating the September 11, 2001 attacks. He follows with telling the reader about bin laden's childhood and his rich Saudi Arabia family. He addresses Osama's relationship with Islam, joining the Jihad and follows him to Afghanistan. Reading the book, I thought Bill Loehflem might tell us where Osama is hiding. He does tell us what others think happened to him. Bill does leave us with an unknown future of an evil man who started a war with the most powerful nation on earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book about bin Laden. It explains his childhood, his crimes, how he created Al-Qaeda, and how he became to person he was. If you want to learn anything about him, this is what you are looking for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stephen t mcdonald on April 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book about Osama bin Laden, a modern day villain, is written in a simple easy to understand style. It covers the life of bin Laden from birth to present day in a factual non-biased manner. It is certainly worthy of being included in a study of current events on Intermediate/Highschool level in my opinion.
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