Growing Up bin Laden

Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
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Product Number: DD18599
Released: Nov 10, 2009
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ISBN: #9781400114078
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"I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams." Thus begins this powerful story by Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son tell an extraordinarily powerful story of a man hated by so many yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father, including: -Osama's disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine -His plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water -Transporting his wives and children to the rough terrain of Sudan, where he claimed to be preparing them for attacks from western powers, commanding them to dig holes and to sleep in those holes, allowing nothing more than sand and twigs for cover -Omar's horror at the rape and murder of a boy his own age by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan -What happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Omar's surprise phone call with his mother, who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the shattering events that killed so many innocent people Since September 11, 2001, journalists have struggled to uncover carefully guarded information about Osama's private life. Until now, Osama bin Laden's family members have not cooperated with any writers or journalists. Now, with unprecedented access and insight, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, takes us inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden.


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Growing Up bin Laden
Product Number: BX00053352
Product Number:Z10005077
Product Number:DD18599

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Product Number Z10005077
Released: Nov 10, 2009
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"Two of Osama bin Laden's family members provide a troubling, yet fascinating, look at his private life. His first wife, Najwa, and fourth son, Omar, alternate chapters that recount the family's descent from privilege to subsistence living in a training camp in Afghanistan. With the mere hint of an accent, narrator Mel Foster captures Omar's persona as a boy as his once-revered father becomes increasingly militant and fanatical. Lorna Raver and Sherry Adams give convincing voice to the na•ve Najwa as she tells of family life and her relationship with her husband. The female narrators also present an introduction and appendices full of historical and current family information. M.O.B. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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