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The Secret History of Al-Qaida


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Abdel Bari Atwan began his study of the organization's inner workings by interviewing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1996 (a hair-raising encounter revisited in this book). His outspoken London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, of which he is Editor-in-Chief, has often been the vehicle of choice for the release of many al-Qa'ida communiques. Born in Palestine, he has lived in London for thirty years and is a familiar face on British and US television.


'Deeply researched, well reported and full of interesting and surprising analyses. It demands to be read.' Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. 'Atwan is not afraid of controversy and by sharing his insights he is sending the message that unless we wise up al-Qa'ida will be the winner.' Dr Rosemary Hollis, Director of Research, Chatham House 'This is a must-read book for anyone interested in understanding our increasingly scary world.' Gavin Esler 'Scholarly, analytical, objective, it is also intensely readable, being by far the best book on the subject.' Rt Hon Tony Benn 'Compelling in every way. It is the clearest account we have so far, told with a lightness of touch which belongs to the truly knowledgeable.' Said K Aburish, author of Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge 'This readable and well-informed book is essential reading for those who wish to understand where al-Qa'ida has come from and what is really happening in Iraq.' Clare Short MP 'A remarkable description of the personality of bin Laden.' The Middle East in London March 2006 'What shines out...is a profound desire to investigate and reveal the truth...intelligent and informative.' Jason Burk, The Guardian

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