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Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden

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Despite the saturation of global media coverage, Osama bin Laden’s own writings have been curiously absent from analysis of the “war on terror.” Over the last ten years, bin Laden has issued a series of carefully tailored public statements, from interviews with Western and Arabic journalists to faxes and video recordings. These texts supply evidence crucial to an understan ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by Verso
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Tim
Mar 18, 2008 rated it 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 w
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Angel
The good thing about this book, besides the text of Osama's words and messages, is that it is very well annotated. Anytime Osama uses references to the Qu'ran or other Islamic works, it is identified in the footnotes. Also, other people, events, and so on are identified in order to provide context. At times, looking at some of the footnotes can be interesting. However, this is not exactly a page turner, part of the reason I gave it only two-stars. It is a bit slow reading. Yet, Osama emerges as ...more
Tori Jo Lau
Jul 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It is very interesting to read what bin Laden is actually saying, as our media shows very little of his opinions. The texts are supplemented by the comments of an academic, to set it in context. I don't agree with much of what Osama bin Laden states on.. anything, in a way. But it's interesting to see that he is using logic in his statement. Twisted, confused logic, but logic nonetheless. It's not frothing at the mouth, it is intelligent, well written statements. This only makes him more terrify ...more
Kevin Qroft
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't believe the shameless fucks on TV, read the primary texts for yourself. The importance of this book cannot be understated. Based on fighting the messages contained in this text the US launched what is an ongoing imperial project with no end in sight.
Elliott Bignell
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This collection of translated and annotated statements represents a unique historical record of a defining and divisive figure. Although bin Laden appears to have been retired for some time, this shy do-gooder enjoyed a certain Robin Hood status in the Islamic world, as if he had tried to reform their world solely by force of alms. Given the possible consequences, it is worth understanding why. I happened, due to a backlog, to buy it some time before bin Laden's death and read it after, so it ha ...more
Owen
Required reading for anyone trying to make sense of what's going on in the Middle East and the Muslim world more generally. And maybe more importantly, it exposes some of the myths that have been built around the man as lies, and portrays him as a pious and warm-hearted man who has felt moved by his God into taking action for his people. He is not so unlike Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr., except in terms of the strategic approach he has chosen to obtain such a liberation.
Shane
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: americans
Shelves: middle-east, islam
I read this book because it seemed crazy that I had seen so few of the words from someone who has been such a powerful figure in recent history. Reading his speeches definitely took away the mystery. I would have liked a little more context for the speeches and he people bin Laden refers to, but to do so might have made it too long.
Ted
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who gives a damn.
"Really Liked It" doesn't really fit, because I Really Did NOT like it.

But, I and everyone who cares about others needs to know what is said in this book. Cliff Notes on it would be better.

At least everyone should read the first paragraph(s) of each chapter, 'cause they're kinda like chapter summaries/forewords in advance.
Pat Schakelvoort
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Very good read. For the people who want to know what Bin Laden really thinks. I like the part where he states that muslims who died in attacks in non-muslim countries were breaking the islamic law and they shouldn`t be there in the first place. ...more
Jen
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into bin Laden's worldview. This is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand what motivates Islamic fundamentalist terrorism and why extremist groups are gaining the support of moderate Muslims.
Royce Ratterman
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring.
A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Michael Fogleman
Read "Letter to America" (online.)
Deborah
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read - provides an in depth understanding of Bin Laden's psych.
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Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of the jihadist organization al-Qaeda, responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. He was also a member of the wealthy Saudi Bin Laden family.

Osama bin Laden was on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation's lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives a
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“What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared to what we have tasted for scores of years. Our nation (the Islamic world) has been tasting this humiliation and degradation for more than 80 years. Its sons are killed, its blood is shed, its sanctuaries are attacked and no one hears and no one heeds. Millions of innocent children are being killed as I speak. They are being killed in Iraq without committing any sins. . . . To America, I say only a few words to it and its people. I swear to God, who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it here in Palestine and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him.” 2 likes
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