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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (625 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Coll Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781429592178
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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the national best seller Ghost Wars, Steve Coll presents the story of the Bin Laden family’s rise to power and privilege, revealing new information to show how American influences changed the family and how one member’s rebellion changed America.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The makings of a villain, shaped in many ways by the culture he came to revile. Urgent and important reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Stunningly researched and grippingly told…[The Bin Ladens] ought to be read by anyone who really wants to understand the origins of the current crisis.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A fascinating panorama…about a man and his family [and] the powerful impact they have made on our times.”

    Washington Post

  • “Riveting…The most psychologically detailed portrait of the brutal 9/11 mastermind yet.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Biography
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 2/18/2014

    " exceptionally informational book on the Bin Ladens and Saudi Arabia. Osama was the black sheep of the family long before he masterminded 9/11. Good read if you want to understand the family and Osama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/13/2014

    " too much like a text book for me. not my idea of a summer read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marmie | 2/12/2014

    " While it can be tedious at time, overall this book is worth the effort. It is difficult because there are so many of them! And the women are barely mentioned, which I suppose is in keeping with the Islamic beliefs. O well. It did give me a better understanding of their wealth, and it sufficiently explained the estrangement between Osama and the family. It would have been a great help to have included a family tree and a timeline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keeley | 2/6/2014

    " This was an amazingly intriguing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eris Doorneweerd | 2/2/2014

    " This is an excellent book that details the growth of the Bin Laden family over the last sixty years or so. It is a well written page turner that paints a clear and fair picture as the family grows and builds one of the biggest construction companies in the world. Using interviews and primary source material the author introduces the reader to many of the important (and sane) family members as they deal with cultural issues and face the events of 9/11. We learn a lot about Osama, but the book focuses mainly on the extended family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 1/23/2014

    " How the Yemeni Mohamed Bin Laden became builder to the Al-Sauds, and what his (54!) offspring did after that. Osama was the son of a low status Syrian who was biefly married to Mohamed. Some of his siblings are very westernized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 1/11/2014

    " I really didn't expect to like this book much, as I didn't know much about Saudi culture. However, the book was very interesting and well written as a biography. I learned so much about the events behind the bin Ladens' upbringing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Se Varney | 12/29/2013

    " Fascinating. I don't usually buy hardcover books but I couldn't resist after hearing the author interviewed by Terry Gross. I have not regretted my decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharah Ludlow | 12/16/2013

    " A bit long, but very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Rand | 12/15/2013

    " A very interesting read. Doesn't spend as much time on Osama as you might expect, but an engaging family history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanishka Sirdesai | 12/4/2013

    " Well researched tome describing the advent of Osama!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/14/2013

    " A well written account of a complicated family that has straddled many worlds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Walker | 2/2/2012

    " Ok. Enlightning but not fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/20/2012

    " This was a very good book but I felt like I was reading it for 10 years. Probably could have been a little condensed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Houserlc | 7/4/2011

    " Really absorbing and alarming. I learned a lot of things about Saudi Arabia, like the fact that slavery was only outlawed in 1962!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie | 5/25/2011

    " I learned so many new, revealing, and interesting facts about 9/11 as well as a lot about Saudi Arabia and Islam. I found the read a fascinating multi-generational history of the Bin Ladin family and it's relationship to the Saudi Royal Family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 5/16/2011

    " A sweeping bio of the massive Bin Laden family, of which there are many interesting characters. I was hoping for some more in-depth stuff on Osama, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/17/2011

    " A good look into the history of the family of one of America's most determined enemies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie | 2/15/2011

    " I learned so many new, revealing, and interesting facts about 9/11 as well as a lot about Saudi Arabia and Islam. I found the read a fascinating multi-generational history of the Bin Ladin family and it's relationship to the Saudi Royal Family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Houserlc | 9/7/2010

    " Really absorbing and alarming. I learned a lot of things about Saudi Arabia, like the fact that slavery was only outlawed in 1962!!!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 4/11/2010

    " How the Yemeni Mohamed Bin Laden became builder to the Al-Sauds, and what his (54!) offspring did after that. Osama was the son of a low status Syrian who was biefly married to Mohamed. Some of his siblings are very westernized.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dgoll | 2/13/2010

    " Very interesting book. It give great insight into the Bin Laden family and Saudi Society in general. Fascinating look on Osama Bin Laden and his existiance on the fringes of this large and successful family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/11/2010

    " A very interesting history of this family. Coll did an excellent job in researching their family tree. A bit dry in parts, but the detail is amazing. "

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