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The Resource The exile : the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

The exile : the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

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The exile : the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight
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The exile
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the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight
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Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
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  • /* Starred Review */ In this remarkable work of literary-style investigative journalism, Scott-Clark and Levy (The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel) trace the story of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the decade after the 9/11 attacks, from the perspective of the militants themselves. The authors utilize their extraordinary access to al-Qaeda’s inner circle and many other key players to fracture the U.S. government’s near-monopoly of public information. Combining countless interviews with declassified materials and secondary literature, they construct a riveting narrative of the terror group’s experiences, including the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan, al-Qaeda’s secrecy and evasion tactics, drone attacks, interpersonal drama, and the climactic raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound. Readers gain insight on the roles of Iranian and Pakistani intelligence services in shielding al-Qaeda militants, the inefficacy of torture, the counterproductive bluster of the Bush administration, and the role the Iraq invasion played in the growth of jihadi movements. The book’s fascinating perspective exposes layers of human complexity in individuals who are often shrouded by intrigue, and brings nuance to the general Western understanding of jihadi groups. This extensively researched, eminently readable work greatly enhances public knowledge of these dramatic years and will be welcomed by specialists and general readers alike. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates (U.K.). (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/27/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 13, p)
  • Trusted British journalists offer a treasure trove of research about the al-Qaida network, from before 9/11 to the ramifications following Osama bin Laden's takedown.Award-winning foreign correspondents and investigative reporters, formerly at the Sunday Times and the Guardian, longtime collaborators Scott-Clark and Levy (The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel, 2013, etc.) fashion a chronological, massively detailed assessment of al-Qaida's intimate workings, from its founding in 1988 to bin Laden's death in May 2011. There are numerous layers to this minute chronicle, including the American government's "cherry-picked history" of events—as was delineated, for example, in the Hollywood film Zero Dark Thirty ("materially wrong in many ways"). Here, the authors give a true sense of how the painstaking tracking of bin Laden over the years, and especially to his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, led finally to his death. Indeed, the man simply known as the Sheikh was ultimately compromised by his love of family—his many wives and numerous children he lived with burdened his custodians and couriers, who were burned out by having to deal with his growing family and demands—and his final wish to be reunited with his favored, highly educated third wife, Khairiah, who was brought to the Abbottabad compound in deep secrecy in February 2011 to help him draft his broadcasts on the anniversary of 9/11. Bin Laden and company were forced to make numerous dangerous moves since being flushed out of the Tora Bora, Afghanistan, caves by the American invasion in late 2001, and the Bush administration government was strengthening its rendition and torture program under Dr. James Mitchell in the early 2000s, and the Pakistani military was working with the CIA to apprehend "high-value" targets. Meanwhile, the Taliban leadership helped the bin Laden family shelter in Iran and elsewhere. At the beginning of this meticulously detailed account, the authors provide a helpful map and a 14-page "Cast List." A tour de force of investigative research.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
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individual biography
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10561807
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1965-
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Levy, Adrian
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  • 958.104/6092
  • B
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  • illustrations
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index present
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HV6430.B55
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L48 2017
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Scott-Clark, Cathy
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  • Bin Laden, Osama
  • Bin Laden, Osama
  • Bin Laden, Osama
  • Terrorists
  • Terrorism
  • HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  • Families
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorists
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the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight
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The exile : the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 525-597) and index
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1795066
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25 cm
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xx, 619 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781620409848
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(hardback)
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2017008379
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  • (Sirsi) i9781620409848
  • (OCoLC)973810046
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The exile : the stunning inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in flight, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 525-597) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1795066
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 619 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620409848
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017008379
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781620409848
  • (OCoLC)973810046

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