Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden

Michael Scheuer / May 27, 2020

Osama Bin Laden almost instantaneously remade American politics and foreign policy The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the Patriot Act water boarding and Guantanamo are examples of its profound and far reaching e

  • Title: Osama Bin Laden
  • Author: Michael Scheuer
  • ISBN: 9780199738663
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 9 11 almost instantaneously remade American politics and foreign policy The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, water boarding and Guantanamo are examples of its profound and far reaching effects But despite its monumental impact and a deluge of books about al Qaeda and Islamist terrorism no one has written a serious assessment of the man who planned it, Osa9 11 almost instantaneously remade American politics and foreign policy The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, water boarding and Guantanamo are examples of its profound and far reaching effects But despite its monumental impact and a deluge of books about al Qaeda and Islamist terrorism no one has written a serious assessment of the man who planned it, Osama bin Laden Available biographies depict bin Laden as an historical figure, the mastermind behind 9 11, but no longer relevant to the world it created These accounts, Michael Scheuer strongly believes, have contributed to a widespread and dangerous denial of his continuing significance and power In this book, Scheuer provides a much needed corrective a hard headed, closely reasoned portrait of bin Laden, showing him to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities The first head of the CIA s bin Laden Unit, where he led the effort to track down bin Laden, Scheuer draws from a wealth of information about bin Laden and his evolution from peaceful Saudi dissident to America s Most Wanted Shedding light on his development as a theologian, media manipulator, and paramilitary commander, Scheuer makes use of all the speeches and interviews bin Laden has given as well as lengthy interviews, testimony, and previously untranslated documents written by those who grew up with bin Laden in Saudi Arabia, served as his bodyguards and drivers, and fought alongside him against the Soviets The bin Laden who emerges from these accounts is devout, talented, patient, and ruthless in other words, a truly formidable and implacable enemy of the West.

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      • Michael Scheuer

        Michael F Scheuer is a former CIA employee In his 22 year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station aka Alec Station , from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.Scheuer resigned in 2004 He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for The Jamestown Foundation s online publication Global Terrorism Analysis He also makes radio and television appearances and teaches a graduate level course on Al Qaeda at Georgetown University He also participates in conferences on terrorism and national security issues, such as the New America Foundation s December 2004 conference, Al Qaeda 2.0 Transnational Terrorism After 9 11 Source


    1. Whether as man or myth, arguably no one since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has more profoundly affected American daily life than Osama bin Laden. As author Michael Scheuer argues cogently in his new biography of bin Laden, since his formal declaration of war against the United States in 1996, bin Laden has deliberately drawn America into armed conflicts of varying durations but substantial costs in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Since past is present's prologue, likely bin Laden will goad further [...]

    2. This book was written by Michael Scheuer, who was the first head of the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit. The author was a counterterrorist analyst for the CIA.We hear many things in the news about Osama bin Laden. Much of it seems contradictory, and much of it does not seem accurate. Why is this? The author decided to evaluate OBL from his own words -- speeches, publications, and his own writings first and foremost. In the past, military adversaries studied each other and tried to understand why and [...]

    3. He did his homework. Great footnotes. Minor point. I felt sorry for the author. He took "x" amount of time out of his life to write this book. It was released this year (my library copy is dated April.) And then weeks latern Laden is killed and everything he is stating is altered to the past tense, and missing the chapter(s) on his death. Nonetheless, it was interesting to see how media is manipulated to perceive other cultures, people and religions for their own gain. Not that we don't know thi [...]

    4. Scheuer and I disagree on a lot of things, but he writes compellingly about bin Laden's history, his demeanor and convictions, and the very clear way he developed and began to meet his goals. Schemer claims - and I agree- that the U.S. willfully misunderstands bin Laden's piety and purposes.

    5. The life of Osama Bin LadenThe book I checked out is The Life Of Osama Bin Laden. What made me want to get the book is because of my desire to learn about the Middle East. I grew up in a Military family who are now retired veterans from serving in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. My uncles and father told me stories of their experiences, and what positions they had. Because of this, I always thought, “what if there is more to learn.”Mike Scheuer, talked about Osama bin Laden’s life before [...]

    6. A slim but nonetheless engaging look at a person that for the most part I feel the public have been misinformed about and who has historically been painted as a one dimensional bogey man. It is hard to read about Bin Laden and push the terrible images of 9/11 to the back of your mind let alone the image that has been painted of him in the media. Reading this went to prove that just about all of the popular narrative relating to him and his cause is based on incorrect and inaccurate information. [...]

    7. This book by Scheuer is a different and refreshing view of Osama than the mainstream media and public opinions.I have heard and read many times than Scheuer was a bin Laden apologist and blamed the United States for the problems of international terrorism.This is definately not the view I have after reading this book.Mr.Scheuer is positively an American patriot who strongly thinks that it is wiser and more efficient to actually try to understand the motives of al-Qaeda and its branches.I persona [...]

    8. A very to the point, though brief biography of Osama bin Laden, the author, former chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit, explains in detail, using bin Laden's own words, his life, influences, and mission as al Qaeda's (former) chief. The author is very critical of US foreign policy, but not in the same sense as one might expect from a liberal or conservative talking point. He is critical of Presidents Bush Sr Clinton, Bush, and Obama for failing to understand and communicate bin Laden's goals, thus [...]

    9. "On August 23, 2010, exactly fifteen years had passed since Osama bin Laden first declared war on the United States. Since bin Laden's declaration--one he reiterated in February 1998, in case we hadn't been listening that first time--Americans have heard and read an enormous amount about the man, his al-Qaeda organization, and their Islamist allies, from politicians, historians, theologians, and social scientists; from radio, press, and television pundits across the political spectrum; from admi [...]

    10. After reading this book, I still feel I don't know who Osama Bin Laden was or who he said he was. The author spent most of the time quoting other authors and saying that they were wrong and why. With endless quotes, I could hardly figure out what the author was trying to say other than everyone else is wrong. Osama was hard working, probably never cut off from his family, fully versed in the Koran but hardly a scholar, not so evil but not so good, learned a lot from fighting the Soviets in Afgha [...]

    11. Michael Scheuer is one of the world's most knowledgeable experts on Bin Laden. His first book Imperial Hubris was great. In this work he shows a respect for Bin Laden as a person and a leader of a coordinated movement with a long range plan. Probably because the more important he makes Bin Laden out to be the more important Mr. Scheuer's insight is he seems to over rate Bin Laden's importance in the real world. Mr Scheuer reports on all of bin Laden's many statements and tries to show how they i [...]

    12. Reveiw #3 Osama Bin Laden wants to make a statement but he does it in a very violent manner, so the US sends Seal team Six to find him and kill him. Michael Scheuer’s Osama Bin Laden explains in utter detail the entire life of Osama Bin Laden. This unthrilling fictional story answers all the questions you had about the infamous Osama Bin Laden in painful blunt fact. Although this book’s turtle slow pace is packed with some crazy and interesting facts, I diffidently would not recommend it as [...]

    13. What I didn't expect to find in this book was an American admiring Bin Laden; though surprising, yet it was nice to see the writer's respect for his enemy. Eventhough I don't agree with the writer's analysis of many situations and his conclusions; no one can deny how much effort was put in such a book from the accurate dates, names, and history. Noting that this book wasn't that catchy to me (not the sort of books that I keep in my handbag wherever I go), but the last few chapters were markedly [...]

    14. Great job, Mr. Scheuer. If people don't understand bin Laden's gripes and aims by the end of this book, they aren't paying attention. The book looks at bin Laden, past the urban legends, from a man who knows the inside scoop. If you are interested in what motivates the man and what he is hoping to accomplish (and the United States hopefully thwart), this is essential reading.I also saw Mr. Scheuer visit Portland for a book reading. It was a wonderful evening, and despite what one of the commente [...]

    15. Say what you will about Scheuer's personality, his history, or writing style; there's no disputing that the man knows his business when he speaks of bin Laden. This book is infinitely better than "Marching Toward Hell," and has much of the same vitality that was in "Imperial Hubris." Scheuer explains common misconceptions surrounding bin Laden and al Qaeda as an organization; he explains why bin Laden is not a bloodthirsty, American-hating mass murderer but a devout Muslim with roots firmly plan [...]

    16. An interesting biography of bin Laden by the former head of the CIA bin Laden Unit. Scheuer believes the West continually underestimates and demonizes bin Laden rather then attempting to understand his motives, causing the West to be more vulnerable. This isn't a book you can enjoy, but it's a good book to read if you want to understand the continuing "war on terror." While a good book, I don't think it equals Scheuer's earlier, Imperial Hubris or Marching Toward Hell, both of which I highly rec [...]

    17. Fascinating! We really get inside bin Laden's mind. The details of his life are very important and relevant in order to learn how he developed his radical beliefs and his motives for violent jihad. While his actions were completely inexcusable, I see the direction he is coming from. Many of his perceptions of America I strongly disagree with. However, this new and accurate description of bin Laden has changed my perspective of him. The villains in history have never seen themselves as evil, but [...]

    18. While I don't agree with everything Scheuer says, he makes a strong case that the bin Laden we've been told about is very different from the bin Laden that exists and continues to threaten the US. A must read if you're interested in national security and/or don't hate America.

    19. Wow! I've read many books on OBL and the Islamic movement. This is the first time I can say that I feel like I know where OBL is coming from and going to. I recommend anyone who is interested in the origins of this war and it's reasons.

    20. Excellent well informed biography completely nailing the point about bin Laden. I recommend it for anyone who wants an unbiased picture.

    21. I bought this book many months ago after seeing the author on the Colbert Report and it's a good book! I suggest it if you're into politics or his life.

    22. I did learn some things i didn't know, but overall was not wowed by the book. Bin Laden, like all well known people, is much more complex than the one dimensional person the media portrays.

    23. A good (unbiased) look at Osama Bin Laden and his life. Doesn't attempt to fill the missing gaps with assumptions

    24. Terribly interesting!! Scheuer clearly describes Bin Laden's background and aims. Apparently we're into a third (!!) American administration that either doesn't get it or doesn't care.

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