The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century

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In The Bin Ladens, two- time Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll continues where Ghost Wars left off, shedding new light on one of the most elusive families of the twenty-first century. Rising from a famine-stricken desert into luxury, private compounds, and even business deals with Hollywood celebrities, the Bin Ladens have benefited from the tensions and contradictions in a country founded on extreme religious purity, suddenly thrust into a world awash in oil, money, and the temptations of the West. But what do these incongruities mean for globalization, the War on Terror, and America's place in the Middle East? Meticulously researched, The Bin Ladens is the story of a remarkably varied and often dangerous family that has used money, mobility, and technology to dramatically different ends.

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Steve Coll is most recently the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens. He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Previously heworked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars.

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How do you keep a nonfiction audio that spans three generations and four continents worth hearing? First, you find a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who knows how to blend story, fact, and politics into readability. Like Steve Coll. Then you find a reader who keeps the narration moving, emphasizes the historical drama, and delivers Saudi names, titles, and places seamlessly. Like Erik Singer. Beginning with the family patriarch, Mohammed, the book traces how his poverty in the southern Yemen desert and menial Saudi jobs ended in engineering feats and a fortune for the 50 children he leaves behind to carry on the bin Laden traditions. Some are in Saudi telecommunications and construction, others in real estate around the world, and one is incubating a cult of martyrdom in Afghanistan. S.W. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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