A must read for all who continue to grapple with the twin legacy of hatred and hope from September 11.
Preface ix Introduction / Samia Serageldin 1 1 A Young Man from a Good Family 11 2 From Riyadh to Peshawar 20 3 Exile in the Sudan 27 4 Among the Taliban 37 5 The Islamic Legion 54 6 The Anti-American Crusade 73 7 Target: Bin Laden 86 8 Osama bin Laden Confronts the Arab World 93 9 The Bin Laden Brotherhood 99 10 Asian Fever 118 11 The Bin Laden Network's Billions 126 12 Drugs and Terrorism 135 13 Jihad's New Weapons 142 Epilogue 158 Afterward / Samia Serageldin 160 Appendix 167 Glossary 274 Notes 276 Index 289
Roland Jacquard is President of the Paris-based International Observatory on Terrorism. A Strategic Expert and Consultant on Terrorism to the United Nations Security Council, Jacquard regularly testifies before the United Nations Security Council. He is quoted widely in the international press, particularly in France, Germany, and the UK. He is the author of a dozen books (in French) on terrorism and espionage, including The Secret Files of Terrorism; The War of the Lie: A Secret History of Disinformation; Fatwa Against the West; and Carlos (the Jackal): The Secret Files.
As one of several recent works on Osama bin Laden, Jacquard's provides the deeper examination of the worldwide structure of Islamic fundamentalism and its associated terrorism. Tracing the roots of the Islamic Jihad to Egypt and the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Jacquard subsequently brings bin Laden into the narrative as a mujahedeen in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet Union, as a refugee in the Sudan, and as a radical leader with associations with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Jacquard's themes, however, embrace much more than the life of bin Laden. They address America's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, American military presence in Saudi Arabia, Islamic terrorist financing, and the growing threat of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. With deep irony he points to the Western drug culture, well supplied from Afghan poppy fields, as a major financial resource for terrorists' operations. Jacquard, president of the International Observatory on Terrorism in Paris, asserts that hope may reside in popular debate and discourse regarding the future development of Islam and the unlikelihood of its holding an eternal monolithic hostile view of the West. An appendix consisting of 40 documents brings a chilling reality to the narrative. For all libraries. John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mount Pleasant Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Bin Laden's genesis and genius are all chronicled in Jacquard's sweeping account of the Saudi born terrorist and his brotherhood. The book rightfully brings into focus the role of modern media, especially satellite TV and the Internet, in bin Laden's cunning wager that he could defeat the U.S. as a world power. A chilling read, a must read for all who continue to grapple with the twin legacy of hatred and hope from September 11."-Bruce B. Lawrence, author of Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence Praise for the French edition: "Remarkably documented and prescient ... Citing confidential reports from intelligence agencies the world over, [Jacquard] unveils the secret plan of the man who has declared holy war against the Americans, the Jews, and Christians ... "-Le Figaro Magazine (September 15, 2001) "This biography of Osama bin Laden by Roland Jacquard could not have come at a better moment."-Le Monde (September 22, 2001) "Remarkable and essential ... "-FranceSoir (September 21, 2001) "This latest entry into the Osama bin Laden publishing sweepstakes stands out for its exhaustive research and prescience... While the story has been told elsewhere, Jacquard brings new details... [A] balanced, sweeping description of the bin Laden threat." Publishers Weekly, march 2002 Library Journal recommends In the Name of Osama bin Laden for all libraries, praising Jacquard for his deep examination of Islamic fundamentalism and commenting that the appendix of documents ... "brings a chilling reality to the narrative." Library Journal. March 2002 "This latest entry into the Osama bin Laden publishing sweepstakes stands out for its exhaustive research and prescience--it was published in France the week of September 11 and catapulted onto the bestseller lists there. Jacquard, a French terrorism expert, details Osama bin Laden's rise from his childhood in Saudi Arabia to turning into the world's largest terrorist menance. While the story has been told elsewhere ... Jacquard brings new details... stands as a balanced, sweeping description of the bin Laden threat."--Publishers Weekly