As a person who has long tried to understand how this person could be a part of the horrible things he did, this book is very revealing. Through the use of first-hand accounts from people who interacted with bin Laden at different phases of his life, the reader sees how a person very strict muslim views are radicalized to the point where killing innocent people becomes a real option. Mr. Bergen's work is pretty rigorous and he's to be commended for it.
I purchased the audio version of this book and I thought he did a good job, although I could have done without some of the inflection he used to differentiate between Bergen's words and the first-hand experiences of those interviewed.
I got this book because I remember enjoying reading 'The Jungle' in High School. This was a good story, and even though it is set in Southern California in the 1920's the story largely transcends time. However, and this is a big however it was too long to listen to it (20+ hours). Go with the abridged version if it is available.
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