Osama Bin Laden

ISBN-10: 0199898391
ISBN-13: 9780199898398
Edition: 2012
Authors: Michael Scheuer
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 the newly updated paperback edition, Scheuer, the first head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit, draws from a wealth of interviews, speeches, and previously untranslated 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, Sheuer produces a closely reasoned, authoritative portrait of America's most determined enemy. Discrediting prevailing claims that bin Laden is 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 the West.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 an irrelevant and one-dimensional demon that followed, Scheuer argues that the jihadist leader was truly a complex and formidable enemy of the West, and that his influence and ideology only take on a heightened relevance in the wake of his assassination.

Michael Scheuer is a twenty-plus-year CIA veteran. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the Chief of the bin Laden unit (aka Alec Station), the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center. He then worked as Special Adviser to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004. He resigned from the CIA in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, writing regularly for its online publication Global Terrorism Analysis. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

New Preface
Osama bin Laden as Subject
Education, 1957-1979
Apprenticeship, 1979-1989
Nomad, 1989-1996
Organizer, 1996-2001
Survivor and Planner, 2001-2010
The Bin Laden Era
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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