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The Making of a Terrorist

by Jonathan Randal

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    Aug 2004, 352 pages
    Sep 2005, 368 pages

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An outstanding achievement. Biography/Current Affairs

From the book jacket: How is it possible for one middle-aged Saudi millionaire to threaten the world's only superpower? This is the question at the center of Jonathan Randal's riveting, timely account of Osama bin Laden's role in the rise of terrorism in the Middle East.

Comment: Considering how little is known about Osama bin Laden, some might think it a little challenging to produce a 300 page biography of the man.  However, by setting what is known of bin Laden's life in the context of the larger regional issues, this is what Jonathan Randal has done. Osama has received generally positive reviews; negative comments are not so much to do with his fact gathering but his presentation of the facts in a light that is not flattering to the USA government, from Clinton through ...

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