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On September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed forever. The twin towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down, one side of the Pentagon burst into flame, and more than six thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil. As shocking as it was, it had been long in the making: The assault was the mOn September 11, 2001, the world in which we live was changed forever. The twin towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down, one side of the Pentagon burst into flame, and more than six thousand men, women, and children lost their lives in the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil. As shocking as it was, it had been long in the making: The assault was the most sophisticated and horrifying in a 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 has produced the definitive book on the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy. In the course of four years of investigative reporting, he has interviewed scores of insiders -- from bin Laden associates and family members to Taliban leaders to CIA officials -- and traveled to Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom to learn the truth about bin Laden's al Queda organization and his mission.Immense in scope and unnerving in its findings, "Holy War, Inc." reveals:How bin Laden lives, travels, and communicates with his "cells." How his role in the crushing defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan made him a hero to Muslims all over the world -- and equipped him to endure a long and bloody siege. 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 Africaand the warship USS "Cole" in Yemen -- were planned and executed. The dimensions of bin Laden's personal fortune, and why freezing his assets is both futile and nearly impossible. The ideology of bin Laden's number two, the man who has influenced him most profoundly in his holy war -- the Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri. What we can expect from Islamist extremists in the future.Above all, Peter Bergen helps us to see bin Laden's organization in a radically new light: 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. "Holy War, Inc." is essential reading for anyone trying to understand tomorrow's terrorist threats and the militant Islamist movements that could determine the fate of governments -- and human lives -- the world over.Both author and publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to United Way's September 11th Fund for the relief of victims of the World Trade Center attacks....

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Holy War Inc. Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden Reviews

  • Matthew
    2019-01-27 05:59

    An incredible look at the history of Osama bin Laden and his fellow "Jihad." Peter Bergen looks at the events orchestrated/influenced by bin Laden primarily from a chronological point of view, and then secondarily from a historical point of view (in terms of impact on the world). Coming from a skilled journalist, Bergen speaks in an unbiased tone, allowing the reader to soak in the narratives from the start of Bin Laden's life to several years down the road, as Al-Qaeda became increasingly influential on a global scale leading up to and surpassing 9-11.It's interesting to look at these events in light of the eventual capture and destruction of Bin Laden in his compound, as well as the slow demise of Al-Qaeda. I look forward to reading Bergen's most recent book, "Manhunt," which covers the most recent events. One thing's for sure, Bergen is accurate in both his research and his predictions, and if he doesn't know, he tells you.

  • La pointe de la sauce
    2019-02-10 06:56

    'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.'This book certainly dispels some of the myths surrounding Osama Bin Laden propogated by the media. He was never trained or directly funded by the CIA and was never a CIA agent. Nonetheless the CIA played a crucial part in funding Osama indirectly through the Pakistani ISI and this is the beginning of a number of momentous 'cock-ups' which continue all the way from 1980 to the twin tower bombing.  It is arguably the most expensive mistake the U.S has ever made by simply handing the ISI about $3 billion and complete control of how the funds should be distributed in the 1980s.  Needless to say, the Afghan war against the communists ended up creating a transnational force of islamist militants who have spread terrorism and guerilla movements around the world.  Time after time the U.S stumbles onto the tracks of these terrorists and simply ignores the enormity of the posed threat. There is a real lack of imagination and a huge amount of self deception that seems to go on with the CIA.What this book clearly represents is the privitization of terrorism and how a radical ideology can suddenly turn into a deadly epidemic.  

  • Michalea
    2019-01-23 07:01

    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.

  • Irene
    2019-02-12 05:14

    Researched during the late 1990’s and published months after 9/11, this journalist explores the scope, tactics and motivations of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. I do not have sufficient background on this topic to evaluate the research of conclusions. But I found the book to be very readable, interesting, and informative.

  • Edwina Callan
    2019-02-21 04:06

    I can sum this book up in one word ... Chilling.

  • Bigheadwalt
    2019-02-10 09:08

    Good background and insightful at the time of its writing; wish I had read it around publication rather than 16 years later as it provides a brief history and backround of Osama Bin Laden.

  • Matthew
    2019-02-16 03:58

    This book was already in the works, when due to the events of the 11th of September 2001, former CNN terrorism analyst Bergen had it rushed to press without much editing time. Accordingly the book is a bit jumbled. Nonetheless the book offers a decent description of bin Laden's upbringing and background (including insights into bin Laden's hostility which stems from his fundamentalist opposition to an American military presence in Saudi Arabia, the US bias toward Israel, and the un-Islamic behavior of Egypt and Saudi Arabia); a summary of the organization of the al-Qaeda terrorist network as it has developed in the Middle East, Europe, and America; insights into the al-Qaeda-Taliban connection (these suffer a bit as they were written before the Taliban were removed and the Kharzi government was installed); and a refresher course on terrorist events through 11th of September 2001 that most did not pay attention to when they happened and those who did have forgotten since. The book is especially valuable if read after reading Kaplan’s book on Afghanistan and Margolis’ book on Central Asia.

  • C
    2019-02-07 06:59

    A good primer on modern jihadism, just one I wish I had read before all the others! Unfortunately, at this point it all seems like review; nevertheless, Mr. Bergen had the advantage of recognizing a growing and dangerous problem far before the rest of the world and aptly points out all of the missed opportunities of addressing it before 9/11. Many people mark 9/11 as al Qaeda's entry to the world stage and fail to see the two decades (at least!) of deadly activity preceding. A good starting point for anyone unfamiliar with al Qaeda or modern terrorism, but may feel too basic for avid history readers.

  • Britton
    2019-02-07 05:59

    A little less relevant now considering he no longer has a beating heart, if he did when he was alive anyway. This was a great account by a reporter that shares his experience being able to meet him and gives a very well informed background on his history, including the intricate details of how things were run (with his given information). I would recommend for anyone who wants to know about Osama bin Laden but also for anyone interested in understanding terrorist networks and broadly, aspects of radical Islam in the Middle East.

  • Zack
    2019-02-16 08:04

    This book was all about the author's travel through the Middle East to try to get an interview with UBL himself. It is alright, but honestly doesn't give much insight into the man himself or what is really going on in the region. I think the decade since this book came out has provided a lot of time for more thorough scholarship to be developed. You could do a lot worse than this for something to pass the time, but you aren't going to find yourself enlightened at the end.

  • Zach
    2019-01-31 07:18

    Good. But other books cover the same info (The Osbama Bin Laden I Know, Unholy Wars, and Ghost Wars) in a little more detail. The book does make interesting points about the Egyptian Islamist movement's (Qatab and Zawahiri) influence on Bin Laden and Bin Laden's influence on nationalist movements (Chechnya and Algeria started as nationalist movements, but with influence of AQ members became more of a jidhast strugglet.).

  • Lauren
    2019-02-02 08:53

    I first read this book as part of a Cold War course in college. At the time, 9/11 was all to much apart of my recent history, and the meaning of this book took on, perhaps, a much different meaning had I read this book before those events. It approaches Holy War as a type of business, and compares it to a bizzaro consumer culture / capitalism. At least, that is the feeling I took away after reading. I would read this again, to see what I take away from its content nearly 6 years later.

  • Jason
    2019-01-23 08:56

    An interesting and informative analysis about Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. However, the 2002 edition I read is a bit dated. Bergen's other book, "The Osama Bin Laden I Know" is a better, more detailed read. However, Holy War Inc. has some interesting commentary on Al Qaeda itself, and is an interesting analysis of Al Qaeda as a global organization working within the context of modern globalization.

  • J.f. Dargon
    2019-02-14 10:00

    An excellent book that opened my eyes to the world of Islamic fundamentalists. As a research book, it provided some excellent insights not only into those jihadists ready to cowardly prep others to sacrifice themselves, but also of "These Englishers who do not believe in God," but believe in money and privilege, and who are just as responsible for the senseless blood and carnage of the early 21st century.

  • Frank Abrams
    2019-02-03 10:13

    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.

  • Jim
    2019-02-09 10:49

    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.

  • Josh Liller
    2019-02-19 11:06

    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.

  • Chris
    2019-01-22 05:09

    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.

  • Jeff
    2019-02-16 04:04

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

  • Del
    2019-02-07 11:05

    A really interesting analysis of the financial underpinnings of the enemies we face. Worth a read if you care about who Al Qaeda is, where they came from, and what their goals are..

  • Henry
    2019-02-14 08:19

    An interesting look at Bin Laden's life.

  • Chloe Logan
    2019-02-15 07:54

    I didn't like this nearly as much as the other works I've read by Bergen, but it's interesting to hear about bin Laden in a context surrounding (rather than post-) 9/11.

  • Michaela Tokárová
    2019-01-28 05:55

    absolutely must read for anyone who is at least slightly interested in international relationships. very informative and brilliantly written

  • Larry
    2019-02-13 05:05

    I registered a book at!

  • Mark Cooper
    2019-02-08 09:17

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

  • Trevor Durham
    2019-02-20 10:19

    A fascinating look at the man who would tear down the walls of the world. Very eerie, very informative. I suggest pairing with history based upon Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

  • Josh
    2019-02-16 10:01

    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.

  • Liam89
    2019-02-08 10:09

    One of the best books available to anyone who wishes to understand the nature of the enemy we are now faced with.

  • Carlos Santos
    2019-02-03 03:54

    It was a slow read in the begining but really picked up. This book fills in a lot of gaps and is very informative.

  • Joshua Embrey
    2019-02-18 05:16

    Very enlightening & creepy.