Osama bin Laden: A Biography, 1st Edition

  • Thomas R. Mockaitis
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  • ISBN-10: 0313353751
  • ISBN-13: 9780313353758
  • DDC: 958.104
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 152 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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To some, he is evil incarnate, the most hated and most hateful man in the world, and the most wanted criminal on the planet. To his followers, he is a hero, one who sacrificed a life of luxury and used his wealth to fight against the Westernization of the Arab world.

Osama bin Laden: A Biography offers a concise, fact-based portrait of a man whose rise from obscurity to notoriety coincides with some of the most traumatic events of the 21st century. It follows bin Laden’s story from his life in Saudi society in the 1960s and 1970s to his religious conversion, his emergence as a jihadist leader, his horrifying terrorist attacks, and his near-mythic status in parts of the Muslim world today.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, Osama bin Laden finds the political and religious roots of a worldview that combines devout faith with a belief in violence and terrorism. The book pays particular attention to the spread of radical Islam from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and beyond, as well as the development of Al Qaeda and its current scope and capabilities.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Greenwood Biographies.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Timeline: Events in the Life of Osama Bin Laden.
1: Osama Bin Laden the Man.
2: Osama Bin Laden's Worldview.
3: Afghanistan.
4: Al-Qaeda.
5: Fighting the Great Satan.
6: Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, Post-9/11.
7: Conclusion.
Selected Documents.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.