Who is Osama bin Laden — the only terrorist leader ever to have declared a holy war against America? What drives him and those he leads to hate a West that helped enrich and arm them?
Bin Laden’s name has been linked to a number of incidents that have cost American lives, including the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and the destruction of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Now, he is linked to the recent catastrophic assaults on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
“BIN LADEN: The Man Who Declared War on America” is a comprehensive account of the rise of the man who would rally the entire Islamic world against the West. In meticulous detail, world-renowned terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky uncovers the events in bin Laden’s life that turned the once-promising engineering student into a cold-blooded leader of radical Islam. In the process, Bodansky reveals a chilling story that is as current as today’s headlines but as ancient as the Crusades — a story that transcends bin Laden and any other single man. This book is a sobering wake-up call.
This is the book everyone’s talking about — the book that predicted the events of Sept. 11 — two years ago. It has just been reprinted.
Bodansky, an internationally renowned military and threat analyst, is the director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. In addition, he is the director of research for the International Strategic Studies Association and senior editor for the Defense & Foreign Affairs group of publications. The author of eight books on international terrorism and global crises and a former senior consultant to the U.S. departments of State and Defense, Bodansky actively participates in international forums and conferences in the United States and abroad.