On September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed
forever. The twin towers of the World Trade Center came crashing
down, one side of the Pentagon burst into flames, and more than
three thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the
most deadly terrorist attack on American soil.
As shocking as it was, it had been long in the making: The
assault was the most sophisticated and horrifying in a series of
operations masterminded by Osama bin Laden and his Jihad group --
an organization that CNN's terrorism analyst Peter Bergen calls
Holy War, Inc.
One of only a handful of Western journalists to have interviewed
the world's most wanted man face to face, Peter Bergen has produced
the definitive book on the Jihadist network that operates globally
and in secrecy. In the course of four years of investigative
reporting, he has interviewed scores of insiders -- from bin Laden
associates and family members to Taliban leaders to CIA officials
-- and traveled to Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, and the
United Kingdom to learn the truth about bin Laden's al Queda
organization and his mission.
Immense in scope and unnerving in its findings, "Holy War, Inc."
- How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his
- How his role in the crushing defeat of the Soviet Union in
Afghanistan made him a hero to Muslims all over the world -- and
equipped him to endure a long and bloody siege.
- How the CIA ended up funding -- to the tune of three billion
dollars -- radical, anti-American Afghan groups allied to bin
- How the attacks that foreshadowed the destruction of the World
Trade Center -- among them the bombings of the American embassies
in Africa and the warship USS "Cole" in Yemen -- were planned and
- The dimensions of bin Laden's personal fortune, and why
freezing his assets is both futile and nearly impossible.
- The ideology of bin Laden's number two, the man who has
influenced him most profoundly in his holy war -- the Egyptian
Ayman al Zawahiri.
- What we can expect from Islamist extremists in the future.
Above all, Peter Bergen helps us to see bin Laden's organization
in a radically new light: as a veritable corporation that has
exploited twenty-first-century communications and weapons
technologies in the service of a medieval reading of the Koran and
holy war. "Holy War, Inc." is essential reading for anyone trying
to understand tomorrow's terrorist threats and the militant
Islamist movements that could determine the fate of governments --
and human lives -- the world over.
Both author and publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds
from this book to United Way's September 11th Fund for the relief
of victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
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