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Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden | [Peter L. Bergen]

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

The September 11 assault on the World Trade Center 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 journalists to have interviewed the world's most wanted man face to face, Bergen explains the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy.
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On September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed forever. The assault on the World Trade Center 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 journalists to have interviewed the world's most wanted man face to face, Bergen explains the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy.

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

  • How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells."
  • 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.
  • What we can expect from Islamic extremists in the future.

    Holy War, Inc. helps us to see bin Laden's organization as a veritable corporation that has exploited 21st century communications and weapons technologies in the service of a medieval reading of the Koran and holy war. This is essential listening for anyone trying to understand the militant Islamist movements that could determine the fate of governments - and human lives - the world over.

    Listen to author Peter Bergen talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (12/16/01).

    ©2001 Peter L. Bergen, Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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      i'm new to listening to audio books ,but this one has me hooked.i found it very informative and easy to listen to.gives a good insight into how bin lardin and his "holy war inc" works.if you have interest in this subject (how alqeada and co work,and who bin lardin is) then this should be of much interest to you.

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      Disappointed in Bergen for manipulating facts in Holy War, Inc differently then the information provided in The Longest War.

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      "Al Qaeda inflitrated American Elite forces"

      Gives a detailed review of the events leading to 9-11. One of the books strong points is it gives short biographies of the terrorists involved in al qaeda and the ideological background of the terrorists.

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      "Gehad on the Western World"

      This book was very interesting and full of information I was totally unaware about. It characterises in great depth and explains the realities why Bin Laden had deep seated hatred against the US Administration and its allies. Altough, I do not agree with the mans hardend views, to me as I read between the lines the portrayal on any religious readings can be interpreted by anyone and delivered out with good or gross intent in mind.

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