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On September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed forever. The assault on the World Trade Center was the most sophisticated and horrifying in 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 explains the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy.

Immense in scope and unnerving in its findings, Holy War, Inc. reveals:

  • How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells."
  • How the CIA ended up funding -- to the tune of three billion dollars -- radical, anti-American Afghan groups allied to bin Laden.
  • 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 executed.
  • What we can expect from Islamist extremists in the future.

Holy War, Inc. helps us to see bin Laden's organization 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. This is essential listening for anyone trying to understand the militant Islamist movements that could determine the fate of governments -- and human lives -- the world over.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The only book you need to read on Osama bin Laden.” 

    Washington Post

  • “An accessible, comprehensive, nonhysterical examination of who bin Laden is, where he comes from...and what motivates him.” 

    USA Today

  • “Unusually astute...Holy War, Inc. shines [with] Bergen’s insight into bin Laden’s mind-set and behavior...Required reading for anyone seeking to understand him.” 

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Well written...A balanced, comprehensive look at bin Laden and his crew.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A penetrating examination of al-Qaeda...Readers will come away from this book understanding why bin Laden has been successful and how difficult it will be to dismantle his organization of terror.” 


  • Bergen has...pulled together a significant amount of solid information, which he presents with perception and without grand swings of passion. This is an important initial glimpse of bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the associated Taliban of Afghanistan...Strongly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 5/25/2013

    " Though Osama bin Laden is now dead, this book is an excellent chronological account of the rise of OBL and the Al Queda terror network. Now that OBL is dead, I have just one thing to say to his departed soul: Enjoy eternity in hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 4/19/2013

    " Seriously dated, but still a pretty interesting and well written description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michalea | 6/30/2012

    " What does Osama want? Not us, for sure. And no surprise, neither do the Saudi's. A non-hysterical approach to radical Islam. It reminded me of The World is Flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 1/22/2012

    " This was an interesting book about Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Worth a read if you want to know more about how Osama and al Qaeda formed. "

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