Excerpt from Osama by Jonathan Randal, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio

Osama

The Making of a Terrorist

By Jonathan Randal

Osama
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

  • Hardcover: Aug 2004,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2005,
    368 pages.

    Publication Information

  • Rate this book


Buy This Book

About this Book

Print Excerpt

  • New York Times, April 19, 2002. Paul Bucherer, a Swiss authority on Afghan art, said a special Al-Qaeda squad methodically smashed a storeroom full of ancient Buddhist and Gandharan statuary originally from Kabul's National Museum shortly before the Buddhas were blown up in March 2001. He said the Al-Qaeda squad of non-Afghans expertly carried out the destruction after local Taliban leaders refused to participate. Letters Western journalists found in Kabul after the Taliban fell described how Osama and top aides had convinced Mullah Omar to destroy the Buddhas.
  • Excerpted from Osama by Jonathan Randal Copyright© 2004 by Jonathan Randal. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

    Membership Advantages
    • Reviews
    • "Beyond the Book" backstories
    • Free books to read and review (US only)
    • Find books by time period, setting & theme
    • Read-alike suggestions by book and author
    • Book club discussions
    • and much more!
    • Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year
    • More about membership!
    Member Benefits

    Join Now!

    Check the advantages!
    Just $10 for 3 months or $35 for a year

      •  
      • FREE
      • MEMBER
      • Range of media reviews for each book
      • Excerpts of all featured books
      • Author bios, interviews and pronunciations
      • Browse by genre
      • Book club discussions
      • Book club advice and reading guides
      • BookBrowse reviews and "beyond the book" back-stories
      •  
      • Reviews of notable books ahead of publication
      •  
      • Free books to read and review (US Only)
      •  
      • Browse for the best books by time period, setting & theme
      •  
      • Read-alike suggestions for thousands of books and authors
      •  
      • 'My Reading List" to keep track of your books
      •  

    Editor's Choice

    • Book Jacket: The Promise
      The Promise
      by Ann Weisgarber
      Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame, once wrote that "...all things ...
    • Book Jacket: Black Moon
      Black Moon
      by Kenneth Calhoun
      The popularity of book-turned-movie World War Z and television series The Walking Dead points to a ...
    • Book Jacket: Hyde
      Hyde
      by Daniel Levine
      In Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story ends ...

    First Impressions

    Members read and review books ahead
    of publication. See what they think
    in First Impressions!

    Books that
    expand your
    horizons.

    Visitors can view a lot of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only

    Find out more.

    Book Discussions
    Book Jacket

    Sailor Twain
    by Mark Siegel

    Published Mar. 2014

    Join the discussion!

    Win this book!
    Win The Steady Running of the Hour

    The Steady Running of the Hour

    "Exciting, emotionally engaging and amibtious. I loved it!" - Kate Mosse

    Enter

    Word Play

    Solve this clue:

    I T T O A Eye

    and be entered to win..

    Books thatinspire you.Handpicked.

    Books you'll stay up all night reading; books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, books that will expand your mind and inspire you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.