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The Bin Ladens by Steve Coll
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Sep 30, 2010

it was amazing
Read in June, 2010

The Bin Laden family raised itself from humble beginnings in a Yemeni valley to become one of the wealthiest and most influential in Saudi Arabia. The author first explores the origins of the Bin Laden connection to the Saudi royals and carries the reader at a good pace to present day. This book masterfully intertwines the varied stories of the vast numbers of Bin Laden children as their family's wealth takes them across the globe. During their globe-trotting adventures, conflicts between business and pleasure and religious and cultural norms are numerous. This book is well researched. At times, I found myself envying the 70s and 80s heydays of some of these larger than life characters but I don't think I'm spoiling the story to tell you that it was a sad tale as well.
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