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Osama Bin Laden

Michael Scheuer


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. Most biographies of Osama bin Laden depict him as an historical figure, the mastermind behind 9/11, but no longer relevant to the world it created. These accounts, it is argued here, have contributed to a widespread and dangerous denial of his continuing significance and power as al-Qaeda chief. This book provides a corrective portrait of bin Laden, showing him to be a figure of remarkab ... More

Keywords: wars, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Patriot Act, Guantanamo, al-Qaeda, Central Intelligence Agency, Osama bin Laden, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199738663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Scheuer, author
former head of CIA's Osama Bin Laden Unit