Mark Sequeira's Reviews > Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

Growing Up bin Laden by Najwa bin Laden
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Aug 03, 2011

Through the looking glass, an insider's account of BinLaden and his personal story/family. Granted coming from his wife and fourth son, it is more about his family/personal life versus his planning/motivation/organization of Al-Qaeda but there are already plenty of those books out there.

The author/translator, Jean Sassoon (of Princess fame) explains in the final comments, "I discovered that no books written about BinLaden or his family had the cooperation of a single BinLaden family member. Carmen BinLaden's book, "Inside the Kingdom" was a wonderful read, but more of a personal account of life in Saudi Arabia and her ongoing divorce dispute with Osama's half-brother. Steve Coll's book, "The Bin Ladens" was meticulously researched and well written but had no cooperation from the family and they granted no extensive or substantive interviews.

As Osama's first wife and her fourth-born son, who also was the one chosen to go to Afghanistan from Sudan with Osama, this is an interesting account of how Osama became more and more obsessive with America, technology, modern conveniences, etc and risked his family more and more in response to his own obsessions and radical beliefs, similar to "The Mosquito Coast" by Paul Theroux. Recommended!




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