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Messages to the World by Osama bin Laden
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Mar 18, 2008

it was amazing

By far the best collection of resources towards understanding not only the primary figurehead enemy of the west, but the whole movement that has coalesced around radical Islam.

Going beyond news reports and actually reading the rhetoric communicated to his followers, a picture of Bin Laden as an extremely talented orator, with (from his twisted perspective) rational goals emerges, instead of just a raging hater of all things western.

The collection includes extremely useful footnotes, especially with regards to completing Koranic versus referenced in fragment, providing considerable insight into Bin Laden's abilities to recontextualize Islam to his own purposes.

His speech style is dense and political, and the book is not a quick read, but a great piece of research into a powerful enemy that is often underestimated as a one-dimensional zombie, as well as a good source of insight into the issues fueling the extremist-Islam movement worldwide.
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