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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter L. Bergen Narrator: Peter L. Bergen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780743548373
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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.” 

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/6/2011

    " That is a great book for who like to know how Al-quedda is organize and who rules this organization. Peter Bergen a CNN Terrorist Analist shares his experience interviewing Osama bin Laden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaybelz | 2/19/2011

    " Why is America hated by the people of the east? Start reading if you really want to know. This is a great place to start. Enter with an open mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/4/2011

    " A well written book by a man who had personally interviewed Osama Bin Laden. At the time, it was in a league of it's own. Even now I would consider this at the forefront of this of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Phillips | 11/22/2010

    " An interesting look at Bin Laden's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Abrams | 10/21/2010

    " Written by the only westerner to have a face to face interview with O.B.L. Anyone who thinks that President Bush is more dangerous to America then this guy should read this book. Bin Laden as CEO of a very powerful corperation. Holy War Incorperated is the corperation we should be terrified of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Liller | 3/15/2009

    " Slightly dated due to everything that has happened since 9/11 and some hasty editing (it went to editors just before 9/11 and was rushed to publication) it is a book begging for a 2nd edition or at least a sequel. Nevertheless, it is a hugely informative book with a writing style I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Cooper | 2/17/2009

    " [Audio] Fascinating look into the world of Islamic terrorism , the usurpation of the Muslim religion, and the thugs involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michalea | 1/15/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 1/1/2009

    " extremely fascinating and educational...everyone in america should be reading these books to understand why we are at war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/13/2008

    " That is a great book for who like to know how Al-quedda is organize and who rules this organization. Peter Bergen a CNN Terrorist Analist shares his experience interviewing Osama bin Laden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 3/7/2008

    " [Audio] Fascinating look into the world of Islamic terrorism , the usurpation of the Muslim religion, and the thugs involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/2/2008

    " Slightly dated due to everything that has happened since 9/11 and some hasty editing (it went to editors just before 9/11 and was rushed to publication) it is a book begging for a 2nd edition or at least a sequel. Nevertheless, it is a hugely informative book with a writing style I really enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/9/2008

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/2/2007

    " Written by the only westerner to have a face to face interview with O.B.L. Anyone who thinks that President Bush is more dangerous to America then this guy should read this book. Bin Laden as CEO of a very powerful corperation. Holy War Incorperated is the corperation we should be terrified of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/25/2007

    " A well written book by a man who had personally interviewed Osama Bin Laden. At the time, it was in a league of it's own. Even now I would consider this at the forefront of this of book. "

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About the Author
Author Peter L. Bergen

Peter L. Bergen is the author of Holy War, Inc., which has been translated into eighteen languages, and The Osama bin Laden I Know. They were both named among the best nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post, and documentaries based on the books were nominated for Emmys. Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst and a fellow at the New America Foundation and New York University’s Center on Law & Security. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television, Discovery, and CNN. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, and other publications.