Osama bin Laden
2012, 320 Seiten, Maße: 14,4 x 2,4 cm, Kartoniert (TB), Englisch
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ProduktbeschreibungNewly updated to reflect the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops in May 2011, Michael Scheur's book draws on interviews, speeches, and previously untranslated documents to challenge the complacency of the West's perception of bin Laden, producing a closely reasoned portrait of the man once considered America's most dangerous enemy.
Klappentext zu „Osama bin Laden“Before Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, the shadowy leader of al-Qaeda had all but disappeared from public consciousness. Largely depicted as a historical figure, he was viewed by the media, government, and public as the mastermind behind 9/11, but no longer relevant to the world it created. Yet to view the man through this lens, Michael Scheuer argues, only contributes to a widespread denial of his ultimate significance and power.
In this newly updated paperback edition, Scheuer, the first head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit, draws from a wealth of interviews, speeches, and previously un-translated documents to challenge the complacency of the West's perception of Osama bin Laden. Exploring bin Laden's evolution from a peaceful Saudi dissident to America's Most Wanted and shedding light on his development as a theologian, media manipulator, and military commander, Scheuer produces a closely reasoned, authoritative
portrait of America's most determined enemy. Discrediting prevailing claims that depict bin Laden as irrelevant or unimportant, Scheuer's much-needed corrective shows a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities who was significantly underestimated by
In light of the success of the U.S. Special Forces mission that brought down bin Laden in Pakistan, Scheuer expands his argument to consider the political landscape that bin Laden left behind and the dark legacy that survives him. Despite the reactions of the media and American public to bin Laden's death and the renewed depictions of him as a simplistic, one-dimensional foe, Scheuer argues that the jihadist leader was truly a complex and formidable enemy of the West, and that his influence
and ideology take on a heightened relevance in the wake of his death.
"Steeped in detailed knowledge of the Saudi jihadist. It is a needed corrective to most of the airy generalizations about bin Laden and his followers."
--The Financial Times
"A highly readable and jargon-free book...a serious and non-ideological treatment and analysis of bin Laden's thinking.... One of the most detailed biographical sketches of bin Laden available in the West."
"Scheuer was long the dean of U.S. government analysts of Osama bin Laden.... In this volume he has distilled his decade and half of thinkingto produce a portrait of bin Laden that is authoritative."
--Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War and Holy War, Inc.
Maße: 14,4 x 2,4 cm
Verlag: Oxford University Press
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Rezension"Mike Scheuer was long the dean of U.S. government analysts of Osama bin Laden. Out of government Scheuer has continued to be one of the most original and thoughtful interpreters of bin Laden and al- Qaeda, and in this volume he has distilled his decade and half of thinking about them to great effect, synthesizing a large body of literature to produce a portrait of bin Laden that is authoritative."--Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know
"No American knows bin Laden better than Scheuer. In this masterful and groundbreaking biography, Scheuer shatters many myths about the al-Qaeda leader that dangerously persist in Washington nearly a decade after 9/11. Drawing on his unparalleled experience and a multitude of primary sources, Scheuer correctly and convincingly portrays America's most determined enemy as a rational, intelligent, patient and pious Muslim who understands us far better than we comprehend him." -- Craig Whitlock, National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post
"No individual enemy has done more to drive the direction and sap the resources of U.S. foreign policy than bin Laden, yet policymakers have paradoxically underestimated his ability and character, dismissing him as a simple demon. This book by a uniquely qualified expert probes the depth and complexity of his ideas, strategy, and leadership, shakes off conveniently misleading images, exposes uncomfortable realities, and faces the full challenge posed by bin Laden." -- Richard K. Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
"Michael Scheuer's book, "Osama bin Laden," (which) I found to be fantastic. I learned so much about him which I could never have learned from reading articles or following regular news." Jessica Chastain, WSJ
"Lucid and important. Scheuer takes a crucial step in revealing how the West keeps itself vulnerable by persisting in demonizing rather thang
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